Long Island is in for a smoking new eatery in the space formerly occupied by Doppio on Clinton Avenue in Huntington. The team behind Vauxhall—owners Sal Mignano, Eric Finneran and Dan Valentino, and executive chef Michael Meehan—are working together again to fill in a Southern gap in the North Shore dining scene with RadioRadio.
The founders have experienced success with multiple business endeavors on Long Island, including Amityville Music Hall and the Leaky Lifeboat Inn but Valentino remarked that this will be a unique challenge. “It’s exciting because we’re not stepping outside of our comfort zone, but purposefully doing something different. This won’t be Vauxhall Two.”
Designed to reflect the personalities of the owners, RadioRadio will be more vibrant than Vauxhall’s late night, gastropub aesthetic; it will be a daytime/dinner restaurant. Patrons can expect a 50 seat restaurant and bar with an open kitchen.
Styled as a southern bistro and BBQ, the restaurant will have a fun vibe and plenty of infused moonshine, Mignano promises. “Vauxhall is focused on burgers and a late night crowd, but this is our opportunity to bring Meehan’s strengths in.”
Chef Meehan was well known in the early 2000s for his Sea Cliff restaurant, Tupelo Honey. Tupelo Honey received rave reviews for Meehan’s menu of Southwestern and Latin/Tropicalia fusion. After his successful relationship with Mignano, Finneran and Valentino as Vauxhall’s executive chef, Meehan is ready to show off his culinary prowess again.
RadioRadio will feature locally sourced foods and some favorite Tupelo dishes including shrimp and grits and catfish. Smoked meats, infused moonshine and vegan barbecue will be on the menu, and true to RadioRadio’s namesake, plenty of Elvis Costello on the playlist.
RadioRadio opens this spring at 24 Clinton Avenue, Huntington