Lou Joe is back.
The Roslyn Heights restaurant, which received a two and one-half star rating in Newsday in January and made the Top 100 list in the Chinese category, had been closed for renovations since November.
Chef Sato Cheuk, whose cooking earned the restaurant its stars, is no longer with Lou Joe. His successor is Flaming Ma, who has cooked in China.
Lou Joe continues to serve Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Part of the restaurant's appeal has stemmed from a Chinese menu devoted to the specialties of Sichuan, a province known for its hot, spicy, sweet, and sour fare. In additon to the Sichuan menu, Lou Joe offers familiar Chinese and Chinese-American dishes.
But the former chef's market-driven, artful and imaginative tasting menu, or omakase, is no more. The restaurant still serves sushi, sashimi, and popular, cooked Japanese dishes.
Lou Joe's name refers to the city of Liuzhou, in the Guangxi region of China, about 325 miles from Hong Kong.
The restaurant, on Willis Avenue sandwiched between the Northern State Parkway and the Long Island Expressway, has hosted several other eateries, including Asian-fusion Opera House; To Fu, a Chinese spot; and the more memorable Howard Johnson's.
Lou Joe is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It's closed on Monday.
Lou Joe, 255 Willis Ave., Roslyn Heights, 516-484-7456, loujoerestaurant.com