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There’s a new Tom Schaudel venture on the horizon, but this time it’s his daughter Courtney who is the driving force. Courtney, a former waitress at CoolFish in Syosset, has teamed up with CoolFish’s longtime chef Lenny Campanelli to open The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue. (Tom Schaudel operates A Lure and A Mano on the North Fork, as well as Jewel in Melville.)
The Wino takes over the gracious, wide-porched building that since 2010 has housed Comtesse Therese Bistro. Under the direction of chef Arie Pavlou, the Bistro served French food in an elegant setting and featured the wines of the Comtesse Therese winery, on the edge of whose vineyard it was situated.
Under its new team, the vibe is going to be “approachable cool,” Courtney said. “We want this to be that place where you just want to hang out.” Campanelli’s menu will be “gastro-pubby -- with small plates, a great burger, charcuterie and a raw bar.”
There will be local wines, “throwback cocktails” and a wine list of half Long Island wines (with Comtesse Therese being well represented) and the rest “funky wines from the rest of the world.” For guests who want to bring their own Long Island wine, there will be no corkage fee.
Courtney conceded that the name Petulant Wino, was her father’s idea. “I’m not sure exactly what it means,” she said. “It might be autobiographical. But either way he’s got too many years of experience for us to argue with him.”
If everything goes according to plan, The Petulant Wino will open before Memorial Day at 739 Main Rd., Aquebogue.