Christiano's, Billy Joel's song inspiration, to close

Christiano's in Syosset is thought to be the Christiano's in Syosset is thought to be the inspiration for a Billy Joel song. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

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UPDATE: Chistiano's gets reprieve. Read the update here.

There will be no more bottle of red or bottle of white for Brenda and Eddie at Christianos Italian Restaurant in Syosset. The house of parms and pastas, for decades debated to be the inspiration for Billy Joels mega-hit Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, is now owned by the Singh Hospitality Group, which plans to close and reinvent it.

Chief executive Harendra Singh said he has signed on chef-restaurateur Tom Schaudel of Jewel in Melville and Coolfish in Syosset as a consultant whose job is to develop a whole new concept.

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Right now, were operating as Christianos, Singh said, but once Schaudels plans have been finalized, we are going to close down for a little while. When the place reopens, it will not be called Christianos. Of that much, Im definitely sure, said Singh.

Schaudel said he is still mulling over ideas. It's not going to be an Italian restaurant, but Im not exactly sure what its going to be, he said, adding that he will be meeting with designers in the next week or so.

Neither Singh nor Schaudel is waxing romantic over all the Billy Joel memorabilia in the house. Its 40 years ago already, said Schaudel.

Christiano's is at 19 Ira Rd., Syosset, 516-921-5588.

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