Plans to reopen J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay have been shelved. The restaurant has closed permanently.
Former co-owner and chef Vincent P. Michaels said the expected makeover, turning the Oyster Bay spot into an Italian restaurant, won't happen. The future of the site, best remembered for the Mill River Inn, is uncertain.
The original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse is open in Northport, with a new fall-winter menu at lower prices.
Michaels added that the small-plates Italian cafe he had planned for Huntington, called "V," is slated to open before year's end in the former site of the Huntington Social Club on New York Avenue. He also envisioned the remaking of Gossip, the Melville gentlemen's club on Route 110, renovating the place to include an upscale steakhouse called Char602. The goal is to open later this autumn.
He said the "V" menu will specialize in "gourmet peasant food," such as lobster-and-crab meatballs and spicy broccoli rabe spring rolls, in appetizer-size portions.