They met working behind the bar at Napper Tandy’s in Smithtown.

Now, 20 years later, buddies John Sarno and John Scally are clinking glasses for a new reason.

In September, the two celebrated the one-year anniversary of their new venture at Village Idiot Pub in Lake Grove.

“It’s certainly been a year of extreme highs at the beginning and the lows of the pandemic,” said Sarno, a Centereach native. “However, we have persevered — and with the support of our loyal customers, we hopefully have seen the worst and look forward to becoming an even bigger pillar of the community.”

Sarno, who owns Village Idiots in Patchogue and Oakdale, opened his largest Idiot with Scally.

The spot — and all 5,500-square-feet of it — is located at 2811 Middle Country Road near Centereach previously housed a Pomodorino, then a Taste of India.

To learn more visit the restaurant’s website.

Top: Village Idiot Pub owners John Sarno (right) and John Scally (left)

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