‘It’s killing me,’ says new Adobe Blues owner as build stops

STATEN ISLAND, NY — New Brighton residents are wondering if the watering hole in their venerable neighborhood, Adobe Blues, will open anytime soon.

The two-story building under renovation is still idle, clad in green plywood. Its owner says he’s been mired in problems with the building management, but he has hope.

“I have a cease and desist order and I’m addressing it,” Cash Dachi said, adding, “It’s killing me.”

What Adobe Blues looks like now with the build stopped. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)

He added, “I tried to do the renovation quickly. It’s a very old building. But it takes much longer.”

Dachi has hired a lawyer and accelerator in the meantime.

He said, “I will definitely reopen it.”

Adobe is located at 63 Lafayette Ave., New Brighton. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)

Changed ownership of Adobe Blues in 2022. Almost immediately, the new owners began remodeling the old Southwest-themed saloon. With one repair resulting in another six months of the project, the historic building at 63 Lafayette Street came to a standstill.

Daci is looking to the future with its craft brew stock once again, attracting beer lovers known colloquially as “Cerevisaphiles”. He’ll also have a massive Tex-Mex treat to eat alongside.

The old sailors residing in what is now the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens wandered into the Tavern when it was a three-story building with a brothel. (Staten Island pre-file photo)

Nostalgia for a few generations

The building has been a watering hole since the mid-19th century. The previous owner was Jim Stayoch, who founded the business in 1992 with Killmeyer owner Ken Tirado, the latter of whom owned it until 2003. Stayoch sold the restaurant earlier in 2022 after it had been on the market for some time.

The corner spot has contained taverns since before 1859, according to maps of the area, when it adjoined an area called Elliotville (now Livingston). In the mid-nineteenth century, it served as a three-story building with a brothel on the top floor.

Old sailors – also known as the “Snuggies” of Snug Harbor – favored the bar, one of a few in the New Brighton area including Liedy’s. When a fire broke out in 1907, the watering hole assumed its flat top.

Somewhere in its era like The Cottage Tavern, then McCarthy’s in the 1950s, 63 Lafayette got its own distinctive neon sign. Like McCarthy’s, the storefront sign included the shamrock, a nod to the Irish-owned operation and home to singing Irish waiters.

A sign at Adobe at the entrance in its time from the 1990s to 2022. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)

In recent years with COVID-19, Adobe was among the first Staten Island restaurants to temporarily close in March 2020. In July of that same year, Stayoch considered keeping Adobe closed until law allowed at least 50% capacity inside.

It ended up opening for al fresco dining in the back parking lot, a successful endeavor until the weather changed. Adobe got dark again in mid-December 2020 when restrictions on food intake came back. Staffing issues meant the closure continued through April 2021. The restaurant closed permanently in early December of that year.

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Pamela Silvestri is the advanced food editor. It can be accessed at silvestri@siadvance.com.

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