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The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

LI’s most restless chef, Tom Schaudel, is having a good month.

For one thing, he’ll be the first LI food personality to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of a new restaurant entrepreneurial organization called LIDA (Long Island Dining Alliance). The driving force behind Coolfish in Syosset, A Mano in Mattituck and many other restaurants past, Schaudel also authored the book “Playing with Fire – Whining and Dining on the Gold Coast.” The induction ceremony will take place April 19 at LIDA’s kickoff party at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale.

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For another thing, Schaudel just closed on a deal to be manager/consultant/executive chef of a restaurant in an enormous 8,000 square foot space within a new Melville office building, Ruby’s Corporate Plaza. Schaudel said he envisions a “market-driven brasserie and wine bar with an accent on local produce and products — as Long Island-based as we can make it.” Although the space has yet to be designed, Schaudel is aiming for an opening this November.

Which means, probably, any time after that.