Staten Island, New York – The ever-changing restaurant scene in Staten Island can be likened to a game show with sudden twists and occasional problems. With these sentiments in mind, let’s spin the Wheel of Wealth for a roundup, Summer Edition discussion – say it with gusto! – “What’s new? What’s closed? And what’s to come?!”
First, as the public turns into a frenzy, we will conduct a health check for an ambitious project, in progress in Richmond Valley. In our recent conversation about the sprawling property, we explored the former home of a never-better DaddyO grill location. (The latter is open at one location in Charleston—Daddyosbbqnyc.com.) In that discussion, he saw Township General Manager Joe Jolly prepare for a new on-demand venue and an evenly divided dining hall down the middle of the 10,000-square-foot lot. The restaurant side will now be called 286 South – a reference to its address at 286 Richmond Valley Road – and the banquet side will be called Waterside Grand. Guli starts opening in September.
Meanwhile, down the road on Ellis Street, the former Waterside Bar & Grill has been cut into Paradise Island. The owners are stocking the kitchen (Paradiseislandrestaurant.com) with brick pizza, burgers and continental dishes for the impending opening weekend. The harbour-side restaurant is also ready to serve in the tiki bar, lounge and marina.
Bingo on the south beach
The South Shore’s dining scene makes points in the “open” restaurant section. Soon, Bob will be coming into his former Tottenville Taco Bell costume. A month after opening, O’Sfizio’s pizza and Italian cuisine at Annadale (Osfizio.com) attracts crowds. Casa Nino’s Pizza Bar just opened its doors at 1281 Arthur Kill Rd. in June. The owners of this new project (Casaninosi.com) have combined the two previous parlor concepts – Casa Nino’s and Pizza House.
Breaking Bread opened in Fratelli’s former home on 27 Seguine Ave. , Tottenville (Facebook.com/breakingbreadsi.) Owner Nicole Camarato said a tentative listing is in place due to extreme price fluctuations in the current COVID world. A year in the making, the owner is waiting for a liquor license. However, the specialty items on the menu are gourmet pizza, home-style cooking and signature Italian food with “good sized portions,” according to Camarato. When the staff is fully in place, she plans to have fish and steak specials for the sit-down restaurant. Delivery is coming and the hours are now 11:30am. until 9 pm
Cammarato is Zollo’s name, a familiar name to Mr. Pizza and Pasta House as well as the former Meiers Corners Falls. Aside from family relationship, there is no commercial association with New Springville Restaurant.
New to the East Coast, we have Lobo Loco on The Boulevard on New Dorp. Two new spots are on the scene at addresses 2224 and 2230 of Hylan Boulevard in Grant City, respectively with the Nazs Halal franchise (Nazshalal.com/team/staten-island/) and The Crepe Stop (Instagram.com/crepestopsi/). We have Anthony Paninoteca in Eltingville (Whereyoueat.com), as well as nearby Sundae Donuts, located next to Freddie’s Pork Store and Salumeria (Freddiesgourmet.com.) the latter open Wednesday through Sunday with “soaked donut” ice cream, cookie dough and coffee And more (Sundaedonuts.com.)
Notable news in the mall: The 300-seat Lobo Loco project will open in August on the previous TGIF Friday’s. Guac Bar in Sofia will move into the old Illy Cafe space. The new site will open by August 1. Krispy Kreme independent restaurant signs have been put up.
At Mariners Harbor, Whiskey Hideaway and Billiard Hideway at Mariners Harbor will soon serve drinks at former Bootleg Mannings. And what news was everyone waiting for at the opening of Asian Foods? The answer has not changed – the owner is still waiting for the fire alarm to be checked and signs off. And – womp womp – we’re officially in limbo at the grocery store about it.
On Forest Avenue the Ronnie Sandwich Shoppe will soon open at the former Angry Lobster Roll digs in West Brighton. Christine Rivelli said she and her son Jesse are waiting to cool off and then they can start serving their brand of ready-made sandwiches, salads, and soups.
Di Farina Pizzeria (DiFarinaPizzeria.com) opened on 1756 Forest Ave. , Graniteville, is the former home of a few showrooms, and several years ago, it was the only Starbucks on Staten Island that closed.
Triple order in the restaurant
Let’s wrap up this show with a little restaurant trivia. Whoever hits the bell first gets the answer. Name this restaurant in two words or less.
What South Beach location closed for summer only for renovation with a new outdoor dining section?
Ding, Ding – Italianissimo. She will unveil her new look in August.
What is the newest supermarket in town, full of fish market, Eastern European food, bakery and flower/balloon section?
Plink, plink – Island Gourmet, aka the produce and prepared foods division. This mitigates news of the town’s market losing out with the closing of SuperFresh in the Great Kills.
And finally, what restaurant changed hands in February after more than 30 years in operation, a process known for its Southwestern menu and extensive craft beer selection?
Woop, woop – Adobe Blues! It’s under renovation and the new salon owner has promised an official update next week. But it will reopen at some point with a new look.
And the winner of the show – wins another restaurant!
Pamela Silvestri is the Advanced Food Editor. She can be reached at [email protected].