West East All Natural Bistro & Wine Bar in Hicksville is closing in a couple weeks, confirms Jay Jadeja, co-owner with his wife, Raquel Wolf.
The couple says they will focus on the newer, more casual location they opened in Oakdale in April, Wild Side Organic Cafe & Market – which they’re renaming Wild Side Bistro & Bar .
“I’ve never seen myself as a two-restaurant kind of guy,” Jadeja said.
West East All Natural has been a go-to for vegans, the gluten-free set and a boho crowd, beckoning with portraits of peace-loving icons like John Lennon and the Dalai Lama.
Jadeja and his wife say they want to maintain a work life balance that allows for them to see their young children as well as shepherd through renovations for Wild Side.
Wild Side remains a work in progress. Back in September 2015, they signed the lease with the intention of running a 70-seat restaurant. He said that after making a significant investment in the location, the Department of Health for Suffolk County declared that, because of a septic system issue, the restaurant had to use disposable or recyclable plates and glasses and scale down the seating.
To comply with the rules, they took it down to around 20 seats and built a market section, with skin care products, homeopathic remedies and wellness books. After a few months, the market section, “confused people,” — so they’re paring down the market, Jadeja said, but not the menu.
The concept and the price point for pizzas, salads, sandwiches and veg-focused sides made with organic, non-GMO ingredients has drawn regulars and new customers. “More people want a salad and a sandwich or homemade pizza than a tailored dish like fluke with Indian spices that’s been on the menu at West East Bistro,” he said.
West East All Natural Bistro is located at 758 S. Broadway, Hicksville, 516-939-6618; westeastbistro.com;
Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar is located at 1551 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-791-1800, Wildside-cafe.com.