Call these new offshoots, spinoffs, sequels or just branching out, it’s a restaurant owners dream to replicate a successful venture. Some owners jump to another county or another shore or just the next town over. We wish them all good things and hope the new place is as good as the first.
62 Montauk Hwy
When chef/owner Dave Girard opened a very casual café in his fish store in Riverhead five years ago he had an immediate success, with folks making the drive for his fresh off the boat seafood. Since opening in December in this beautiful airy spot with a covered outdoor patio and expansive bar area he’s offering the same very reasonably priced menu as the original.
96 Main St.
Always moving south along the county line, the original was in Huntington, it closed then opened on Rt. 110 in Melville where it still satisfies our never-ending need for Italian food. Joining the burgeoning Farmingdale Village restaurant boom-let, it moves into the space vacated by La Casuccia.
Jojo Apples Café Too
149 Glen St.
The longtime Point Lookout favorite comes to the beautiful environs of the former Coles House, serving up breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner at the same crowd-pleasing prices.
1 Miller Place
When the original opened a few years back in Bay Shore it was an immediate smash hit and is rated highly both for its fresh and exotically presented food and the hip, young feel to the place. It turned out to be the forerunner on LI of the trend to “sushi scene” restaurants like Manhattan’s Sushi Samba.
Shiki Restaurant and Sushi Lounge
47 Montauk Hwy.
A new offshoot of the Smithtown original in the house where Bamboo plied the same contemporary Japanese fare.
Tutto Il Giorno
56 Nugent St
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The popular Sag Harbor original, managed and designed by Donna Karen’s daughter Gabby, is opening this month in a larger space, offering the same Italian fare.
Canz A Citi Roadhouse
388 Medford Ave.
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Long Island’s own Hooters style bar and grill with a cool beer can theme–cold ones in the coolers and as wall décor. Cute waitresses and a fun menu made this a hit in Westbury and Astoria.
368 E. Main St.
Same old school, authentic Italian menu as the Garden City Park original.