A new manager is taking over the restaurant inside the Playland Motel and he has promised to turn the late-night hangout into a family-friendly spot.
Dan Cipriani, who operated a Southern-style food truck at Rockaway Beach Surf Club last summer, will manage the kitchen at the Playland Tavern on Beach 98th Street and is creating a new menu in time for summer, he announced at a community meeting Thursday.
The news was welcomed by members of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association who say the popular hangout has disturbed neighbors with loud parties and rowdy crowds.
Cipriani, a father of six who also opened Lodge in Williamsburg, vowed to put an end to the Tavern's raucous reputation and said he was interested in running a wholesome restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
"I don't plan on staying open until 4 a.m.," he said. "My vision for Playland is the exact opposite of what it was."