Mark Miller is a Bayport native who has made enormous contributions to the Patchogue-Medford community through his more than two decades of business success and boundless generosity. A 1985 graduate of Bayport-Blue Point High School, Miller went on to SUNY Albany where he was the star football quarterback. When he returned home he teamed up with several partners, including fellow PM Hall of Fame inductee Scottie Campbell, in founding the popular restaurant and meeting place Dublin Down. Over the years Miller’s hospitality portfolio grew with such venues as Dublin Over, Dublin Up, and Planet Dublin.
In 1998, Mark and his partners opened Dublin Deck in Patchogue, which has grown into a restaurant/nightclub/marina that now includes recreation areas as well as a catering space. In 2001, Miller and his partners brought an old restaurant on the Patchogue River back to life as Harbor Crab, a full-service family restaurant that catalyzed a much-needed revitalization in a neglected area of Old Patchogue. Since then the partners have done much to enhance the appeal and value of the riverfront area. Miller is constantly reinvesting and helping to grow the Patchogue business district. He also owns and maintains multiple residential and commercial real estate properties, many of which provide affordable housing to hard-working Patchoguers.
The restaurant locations have hosted many important and successful fundraisers. Starting in 2004, both the annual Kris Kringle fund event and the Jay Nichols and Paul Ambrose Fishing Outings have raised more than a million dollars to support families in the Patchogue-Medford community with much needed resources and scholarships. Mark has invited many other local organizations and charities to use his restaurants for raffle auctions, family fun nights, and other fundraising events to support sports teams, music and arts organizations, and special education departments in the PM schools. Every March 21, Miller hosts a major fundraiser for World Down Syndrome Day, inviting all special-needs children and their families to attend a gala dinner at Harbor Crab. Mark has been a member of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce since 1998, and a board member for ten of those years.
In 2014, along with other restaurateurs he created the Patchogue Chamber restaurant committee, which has raised thousands of dollars to support the Chamber and drive business to the Patchogue area. This group has supplied much needed food and resources to families and hospitals, especially rising to the occasion during the COVID pandemic by feeding hundreds of essential workers and medical personnel. Miller was instrumental in the founding and development of the Patchogue Boat Parade, and he also developed the Restaurant Riverfront Committee which, among other projects, created Alive On the River, revitalizing the riverfront since the late ‘90s.
Mark has been honored with many awards, including being named the Long Island Advance Man of the Year in 2014. He is a member of the Albany University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Bayport-Blue Point Phantom Hall of Fame. He has been involved in the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce and the Bayport-Blue Point Foundation, belongs to Our Lady of the Snow and St. Francis de Sales churches, and has been a member and honoree of the Patchogue Rotary Club. Mark volunteers his time coaching soccer and lacrosse, and mentoring children throughout the area. He and his wife Christine live in Bayport with their five amazing children.