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Oh no! Comtesse Therese Bistro is changing hands.... [North Fork, L.I.]

Drat! That was where I was going to go for our anniversary next month, but I just got an email announcing that Tom Shaudel is taking over the place. No dates mentioned but could even be already. Since it will be named "The Petulant Wino" I am not expecting a 5 star kind of place.

I am bereft.

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    1. re: Elisa515

      North fork of Long Island. One of the top rated places the last few years, gone too soon.

    2. From their website:

      After 3.5 years of fun and enjoyable operations with our great customers and excellent staff, the Bistro is pleased to announce some changes.

      We have decided to lease the space to famed Long Island restaurateur Tom Schaudel, who will create his newest restaurant in the space, to be called The Petulant Wino. The owner of several other restaurants on the North Fork and elsewhere on Long Island, Tom’s newest restaurant is sure to be a welcome addition to the North Fork food and wine scene.

      Comtesse Thérèse wines will still be the featured wine, but Tom plans to add a few other Long Island wines and also have a full liquor license.

      Tom said that he intends to keep most of the Bistro employees.

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      1. re: dixdiner

        But not the chef, for sure. That's what made the place.

      2. Too bad....I never got around to eating there. But I like Schaudel's restaurants, even though he doesn't appear all that popular on CH. Amano is still one of my favorite NF restaurants.

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        1. re: EricMM

          I'm sure he'll have enough customers. It was so unique though.

        2. I too just read that in Newsday yesterday. He is changing the menu to small plates, tapas, gastro-pub'ish.

          1. Not happy to hear this news. I loved Comtesse Therese. Fabulous food, service and a unique ambience. I guess I just didn't go there often enough.
            Shaudel does a good job at his other places but somehow I am not a fan. The operations never seem warm and inviting. Too South Fork, been there and done that. there is a reason I moved to the North Fork from the Hampton$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
            I'll try it if coll tries it. Maybe another NOFO CH Meeting??

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            1. re: Motosport

              Yes, you know it, but not there. I too feel guilty about my infrequent presence. Let's find out where Ari went and follow him like groupies! Even if it's the Suffolk CC cafeteria.

              1. re: coll

                Keep me in mind for a SC Chowhound get together. Once boating season begins.

                ~Fred19

                1. re: Fred19

                  Will do Fred, it'd be great to see you again!

              2. re: Motosport

                I used to like Coolfish, but after a few sub par plates of miserable oysters and entrees and, finally, candied calamari (just sickening overuse of sugary sweetness, no balance) at one of his other partnerships, I just learned to stay away. There are better choices for less or the same money all over LI.