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Chef-restaurateur Tom Schaudel, who launched CoolFish in Syosset back in 2000, just sold the New American seafood restaurant to the Singh Hospitality Group. Schaudel said he will continue to be involved as a consultant and that the chef will continue to be Lenny Campanelli, who received a three-star review from Newsday's Peter Gianotti in February of 2012.
Campanelli's rendition of Schaudel's cornmeal-crusted fried oysters and cinnamon-chipotle-marinated double-cut pork chop were singled out for praise in the review and remain on the menu. They're joined by Campanelli's own specials like butter poached lobster and pan-roasted soft shell crabs. A signature Schaudel item remains the chocolate bag dessert.
Meanwhile, Schaudel said, he has plans for sprucing up the place. So, why did he sell it? “It was just time,” Schaudel said. “I’m trying to gravitate more toward the East End [where he owns A Mano in Mattituck and A Lure in Southold] and I'm concentrating on Jewel [in Melville] and other projects.”
Among those projects is the reinvention of several other Singh properties, like Christiano’s in Syosset and Upstairs at the Mansion, the restaurant at the Woodlands Mansion at the Oyster Bay Golf Club. Schaudel is also working on remodeling the former Bethpage Townhouse Diner, another Singh holding.
CoolFish is at 6800 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-921-3250.