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Following a makeover and a name change only two months ago, Ideal Elements (formerly Ideal Cheese & Wine Cafe) in Huntington has permanently closed. It occupied the Main Street space that once housed Daisho of Japan and, before that, Dragon Gate.
The eatery, owned by the same family as Ideal Cheese on Manhattan's Upper East Side (est. 1954), started its Huntington life as a cheese store inside of The Crushed Olive on Main Street in 2012. In 2013 it moved to the corner of Main and Green streets and expanded into a cheese-shop-restaurant-coffee bar with retail in front and, in the rear, an art-filled table-service cafe. A two-star review, in February of 2014, praised such dishes as the light but opulent zucchini "spaghetti" and the meaty wings, available with any number of sauces.
Two months ago, the cheese-retail area was moved to a less prominent part of the space, and the dining room was redesigned for a more lounge-y vibe.
According to former co-owner Michael Binetti, the business was sold to owners who plan on opening a gastropub. Watch for updates on that.