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The Oak Beach Inn, commonly referred to by the abbreviation OBI, was a Long Islandmarker nightclub located in Oak Beachmarker, on Jones Beach Islandmarker in the Town of Babylonmarker, Suffolk County, New Yorkmarker

In 1969, Robert Matherson bought what was then a waterfront barrier island restaurant and converted it into an enormously popular (and controversial) nightclub. He later opened four more OBI night clubs and named them according to their geographic location. The OBI North was in Smithtown, New Yorkmarker, the OBI East near the Shinnecock Canalmarker en route to The Hamptonsmarker and two OBI West locations in Island Park, New Yorkmarker. All five clubs were located on Long Island and were wildly successful for many years, bringing folks in from all over Long Islandmarker, New York Citymarker, Westchestermarker, southern Connecticutmarker and New Jerseymarker. One of the OBI West locations burned down after only a couple of years of packing in thousands on the weekends. Arson involving organized crime figures referred to in the movie "Goodfellas" was alleged but never substantiated.

Over the years, the OBI was involved in many disputes with the local community over issues such as noise, parking and traffic. Finally, in 1999, Matherson sold the property and moved to Key Westmarker, Floridamarker to open a new club of the same name. The original property was torn down in 2003.

Robert "Rosebud" But is credited with inventing the Long Island Iced Tea while working as a bartender at the OBI in the 1970s.

The original club was located at .

Robert Matherson died in Florida on December 13, 2007. For commentary see http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=169x7903

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=169x7903http://www.babylonbeacon.com/news/2009-04-23/Front_Page/Man_who_waged_Get_Out_Of_New_York_State_campaign_e.html

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