Long Island Advance, 12 Jun 2003. p. 28: From the Archives of the Long Island Advance 75 Years Ago. (June 1928)
"Mario Frank Neuroni, with his wife Virginia, was charged with larceny in the first degree for the theft of jewels and cash from the Better Ole Inn at Brookhaven last fall. He has been sentenced to Sing Sing, for not more than ten years and not less than four years and eight months by Judge Furman. His wife, indicted on the same charge, was acquitted. They were charged with taking $315 in cash and $2,000 in jewels from the Better Ole, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Seeley, where they were employed up to Labor Day last year. They moved to Detroit and opened up a restaurant. A chef there complained to the police for non payment of wages and is said to have related that Mrs. Neuroni told him her husband had robbed an inn in the east. The Neuronis were arrested and brought here."
Suffolk County News (Sayville), 18 July 1930:
The Better 'Ole was raided by Prohibition era Federal agents in July 1930, and one of the waiters arrested, and an assortment of liquors, beer and ale seized.. The proprietor at the time, Mrs. Florence S. Smith, later appeared at the Federal Court House in Brooklyn wearing "widow weeds" complaining, "I have to have it [liquor] to satisfy my customers." Mrs. Smith was held in $1,000 bail for a later hearing. See full story in attached document.
Patchogue Advance, 29 May 1936, p. 4
Joe Lopez at Villa Verde Tomorrow—The Villa Verde on the South Country road, in Brookhaven, formerly The Better 'Ole, where the crowds have been wont to gather since its opening, is featuring again tomorrow night, as on the opening night, Joe Lopez and His Hawaiians by popular demand. The orchestra is direct from WOR, from which station you've no doubt heard it at 3:45 dailey or at 1:45 on Sundays. Also on the program tomorrow evening there will be several other Victor recording artists. And not only is this a popular dancing place, but for dining...well just see the delicacies mentioned in the Vila Verde advertisement on this page.
Post Morrow Foundation Historical Collection, 13 May 1948 (clipping, believed to be the Patchogue Advance):
BETTER 'OLE OPENS—One of Long Island's favorite dining and dancing places made its 1948 debut last week with the reopening of Jimmy's Better 'Ole in Brookhaven. A capacity turnout of old and new friends was on hand for the highly successful reopening and some even had to wait for tables.
An extensive remodeling job has upped the capacity of the dining room from 96 to 150 and the size of the bar has been more than doubled; yet none of the distinctive charm of the Better 'Ole has been lost. Checkroom facilities are now provided, the washrooms have been remodeled and the kitchen has been completely renovated.
Genial Jimmy Robbiano, host at the Better 'Ole, feels he is prepared to offer better-than-ever service to local patrons and the anticipated heavy influx of summer residents.
One opening night wag summed up the reaction to the new decor with the unblushing remark that "—on the 'Ole, Jimmy has done a beautiful job."
Long Island Advance, 28 May 2009, p. 18.: From the archives of the Long Island Advance 50 Years ago (May 1958).
Styles for all occasions and music on an international note were the fair provided at the Better 'Ole Restaurant May 19 when the Brookhaven-South Haven Women's Auxiliary for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital sponsored its fourth annual fashion show and grossed over $1,257."
Long Island Advance, 21 January 2010, p. 21. From the Archives of the Long Island Advance 50 Years Ago. (January 1960)
The Better 'Ole, long one of Suffolk's favorite dining spots, has been winning new acclaim lately as the result of extensive renovations and remodeling completed under the direction of genial owner-host Jimmy Robbiano and his two co-owner brothers, Gino and Joseph.
1 May 2012, Newsday:
An early morning fire on Tuesday damaged Painters' Restaurant in Brookhaven Hamlet, police and fire officials said.
No one was injured in the blaze, which officials said appears to have started in the kitchen area. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Suffolk County police Arson Squad. It was not immediately clear how much damage was caused by the blaze.
The fire was reported at 3:34 a.m., Suffolk fire officials said. Volunteers from Brookhaven, Bellport and Hagerman fire departments responded, as did South Country Ambulance.
Fire officials said it took about two hours for the fire to be declared under control.
Police said South Country Road was briefly closed so firefighters could battle the blaze, but said the road had been reopened by 6:30 a.m.