It's not much of a secret that the summer of 2016 has been taken by the storm of Pokémon Go, as hordes of people partake in the blast of this new pastime. And how can you not fall in love with the perks that come with it, such as getting out more, finding a fun connection with others, and of course the fact that's it's free? With that being said, it may help you to be able to enjoy some of the treats that some businesses are offering in the name of this fun craze. As you wander around trying to hatch your eggs, find PokéStops, and win battles at the nearest gym, be sure to check out what shops and food establishments in that area have going on. Here are just a few places we found that either have or offer trainers some incentives, while letting them keep up with the game, and enjoy some downtime.
Roger's Frigate, Port Jefferson – Open for over 28 years, Roger's Frigate offers it's visitors nothing short of a rainbow array of sweet treats, making it a must stop in Port Jefferson to begin with. Right now they are offering a “lure” of “Buy One Get One Shake” Happy hours from 6-10, Monday through Thursday, aimed at PokéStop peeps. Manager Courtney Kochmann also suggests trying one of their yummy pokeball donuts and pokeball cake pops, that have to be baked fresh daiily by their very own onsite bakers in order to keep up with the demand.
Krisch's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, Massapequa – A 1950's inspired ice cream shop, burger place, and more, Krisch's is nearing it's 100th year. While no doubt this is a place that has something for everyone, it's also currently doubling as a gym. While Krisch's owner, Steve McCue is not currently running any specific Poke specials (not yet), why not pop in for a treat, sit back and battle, while enjoying the good times and food this place offers.
Rocco's Pizza, Patchogue – How about a hot slice (or 2) while your upping your Pokémon game? You'll find that the mural on the side of Rocco's Pizza and Pasta of Patchogue, also doubles as a gym. Besides all of the other classic Italian dishes that Rocco's offers on their full menu, owner Vinny Denarzo offers a Pokémon friendly lunch special of 2 slices (mix & match) and a drink for only $4.95! Whether it's this favorite, or one of their other delicious classic dishes, you can simply eat up and go to battle.
Bay Shore Mini Golf, Bay Shore – Opened originally in the 1960's, and then revamped by new owner Alicia McNulty 5 years ago, this timeless game is now getting ready for it's grand finale as it will be letting it's fans tee off for the last time on Labor Day weekend. All Pokémon trainers should be sure to stop by and get in their last game while making sure that they're at their highest level beforehand, to be able to cash in on some sweet deals! For more details, stop by their Facebook page.
Be sure to continue to check out these and other spots in your area or wherever the game may take you, now, and as the season changes. It is the nature of the game after all, for us to get up and “Go”.