The new Park 70 Bistro, a joint venture of chef and

co-owner Fred Burkle and general manager and co-owner Ed Devine, has been

offering contemporary American cuisine for about a week now at 70 Park Ave.,

Bay Shore, the site of the former Candles Steak House. Burkle, who

characterized his fare as exhibiting some Pan-Asian and French influences,

formerly cooked at the Oakdale House in Oakdale, and, in Manhattan, at Windows

on the World, Le Cirque and Sign of the Dove. He described the restaurant's

decor as having a "country look, with lots of copper, cobalt blue and cream."

Churchill's, a new pub-style restaurant, is slated to open Thursday at 18

Park Ave. S., Rockville Centre, 516- 766-2500, where the Bayou Uptown used to

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be. The 80-seat eatery is owned jointly by Jim O'Leary of the St. James Inn in

Mineola and Michael Sweeney of B.K. Sweeney in Garden City, Bethpage and

Lynbrook. In charge of the kitchen is executive chef Bruce Wade, of the former

Station House Caf� in Glen Head, whose moderately priced menu includes homemade

potpies, meat loaf, pot roast, a "catch of the day" as well as salads. In

warmer weather, the restaurant will open an outdoor dining patio.

For those who need to do more than just eat when they go out, Jillian's

will be opening in Farmingdale at 261 Airport Plaza, 516-249-0708. The huge

complex (designed, Las Vegas-style, to have neither windows nor clocks) will

encompass, in addition to various game rooms and music clubs, two sit-down

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dining venues. One, the Video Caf�, will offer an American menu, and the other,

the Hibachi Grill, will be an "interactive" Japanese-style restaurant where

chef-entertainers will perform culinary stunts while they grill at group

tables. Customers might be called upon to catch their food as it flies through

the air.

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Changes, Specials, Happenings

Rene Hernandez, who trained with chef-superstar Fernando Adria of El Bulli

in Gerona, Spain, is the new chef at Laguna Caf�, 1362 Old Northern Blvd.,

Roslyn. Hernandez, who also has cooked at Ramiro's Restaurant in Miami, will be

staging several monthly events such as flamenco shows, tapas nights and

holiday specials. For a schedule, call 516-625-7771.

Coles House, 149 Glen St., Glen Cove, will serve lunch Tuesday to Sunday

from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or reservations, call 516-676- 4343.

As part of its guest-chef series,Table 48, 48 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove,

will host chef Jean-Michel Bournot of Bistro Cassis, the restaurant that

formerly occupied this site, who will prepare a five-course dinner at $65 ($30

additional for a wine pairing) on March 24. For information or reservations,

call 516-674-4848.

Lila's Santa Fe Kitchen, 345 Gerard St., Huntington, will have a Beringer

wine dinner March 15, at 7 p.m. At $65 a person, the five-course dinner will

feature a main course of chorizo-stuffed, double-cut pork chop with a pecan and

fig chutney and sweet potato pancakes. For information or reservations, call


In the City

Isla, 39 Downing St., offers a Cuban-style brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m.. For information or reservations, call 212-352-CUBA.