NEW YEARS EVE WEDDING : Congratulation Jonathan’s Ristorante general manager Alex Vergara and Christina Ann Schnaars were married in a New Years Eve ceremony at St. Francis de Chantal Church in Wantagh. The couple rang in new year with family and friends during a reception at The Vineyards in Aquebogue before taking off for the honeymoon in Hawaii. Congratulations, you two.
CLOSED: True North has closed. The gastropub closed up shop after just more than a year in the location that previously housed the storied Abel Conklin’s, and later Vitae. Partners Paul Miranda and Stu Kritz opened the eatery in Sept. 2015 bringing a more casual vibe than the previous restaurants, and an extensive menu of craft beers. An announcement on the restaurant’s website at the end of the year stated simply, “True North is now closed. Thank you for the great times. We look forward to seeing you on our next venture!” the property, at the corner of New and Carver streets in Huntington village, is owned by Reststar, the hospitality group whose nine restaurants include Bistro Cassis, Café Buenos Aires and Salumeria Pomodoro in Huntington.
OLD FIELDS BARBECUE: Old Fields Inn owner David Tunney and manager Rory Van Nostrand are bringing barbecue to Huntington. A banner on the side of the two storey eatery at 15 New St. that housed Orlando’s Restaurant for many years, announces the coming of Old Fields Barbecue. While a string of restaurants at the site – most recently La Notte – have failed, Tunney and partners can claim a string of successes. David is partner with his brother John in Besito Mexican restaurants and a founding partner of Honu, which they later sold. In 2011, Davind Tunney launched his first solo venture when he bought Old Fields Inn. He modernized and refreshed everything about the 50-year-old steakhouse in Greenlawn, then replicated the formula with a second location in Port Jefferson. Old Fields Barbecue is promised for Spring 2017.