Yesterday I was tipped off that Tava, Port Washington’s Turkish restaurant, had closed over the weekend. I loved Tava when it opened in the fall of 2007, but when I returned about a year later, it was beginning to lose its way. That most Turkish of salads, patlican salatasi, was no longer on the menu, replaced by its more common, tahini-enriched Middle Eastern cousin, babaganoush. I know a lot of non-Turkish customers might not know the difference, but a restaurant—especially an ethnic restaurant—must hold itself to standards that its audience may not always appreciate. By November 2009, Tava had turned one half of itself into a mediocre burger-and-shakes joint, another sign that the restaurant was having an identity crisis. I can’t say I’m surprised that it didn’t survive.
And now for the openings: That prime space across from the LIRR station that was, from July through September 2010 the home of Big Apple BBQ (and before that, Bad Bob’s) is turning into Innuendo Bar and Restaurant. The owners (who were investors in Big Apple BBQ and also own Hunter's Grill in Glen Cove) are looking forward to a May opening.
Next door, Twisted, a self-serve yogurt shop spun off from the mothership in Little Neck, opened a few weeks ago. Every day it features eight flavors of yogurt and 21 toppings, plus smoothies and bubble tea. Twisted is at 73 Main St., Port Washington, 516-883-2929.
Port Washington has three fine bakeries (Baked to Perfection, Saint Honore and Main Street Bakery) but that hasn’t stopped Get Baked from getting into the mix. Get Baked specializes in cupcakes in about two dozen varieties plus snow balls (shaved ice soaked in syrup). It’s at 16 Main St., Port Washington, 516-439-4155.