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Christiano's Restaurant to Close

Syosset restaurant once believed to be the inspiration for hit Billy Joel song is closing.

The Syosset restaurant once believed to be the inspiration for an iconic Billy Joel song will close their doors for good, according to Newsday.

Harendra Singh, CEO of Singh Hospitality Group, has reportedly bought Christiano's Italian Restaurant and plans to close the popular Syosset landmark.

According to Newsday:

“Right now, we’re operating as Christiano’s,” Singh said, but once Schaudel’s plans have been finalized, “we are going to close down for a little while.” When the place reopens, it will not be called Christiano’s. “Of that much, I’m definitely sure,” said Singh.

Another Syosset restauranteur, Chef Tom Schaudel, of Syosset's CoolFish, has signed on to revamp the restaurant's concept, said the report.

It's not going to be an Italian restaurant, but I’m not exactly sure what it’s going to be,” he told Newsday, saying he has already scheduled meetings with designers.

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The 55-year-old Syosset restaurant became famous after Billy Joel dedicated his first performance of "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" to Christiano's at a concert.

Last year, Joel admitted to Newsday he was "going for applause" when he made that dedication, saying "It was like saying 'Yankees' when you're playing in New York."

Still, Christiano's, with its curved wooden bar and red-and-white tablecloths, was a once-upon-a-time favorite of Joel's. Nestled beside the Syosset train station, it has been a staple of the community since Jimmy Christiano opened its doors in 1958. Since then, it has been the neighborhood's destination for

The report did not specify when Christiano's would close.

Virgo25 February 27, 2013 at 01:12 PM
AGREE 100%. Had they left well enough alone, we wouldn't be losing our iconic restaurant. "It wasn't broke, so why'd they fix it?"
Jeannette George March 13, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Even Robert Irvine would have brought it up to date and at the same time kept the old atmosphere. Right down to the executive chef and his/her aids. It would still be a place for the younger generation to make their own memories just as we old timers had.
RN March 13, 2013 at 05:34 PM
LOL, agree 100% with you Papa Tom.
Papa Tom March 13, 2013 at 09:24 PM
>>>>they had that live vinyl version of "scenes" in their jukebox where he makes the dedication. <<<<< I gave that recording to Freddy years ago. The next time he performed it on a live broadcast, he simply said "I wanna dedicate dis to da best Italian restaurant in da world," but never mentioned Christiano's. Billy, Liberty, and Richie Cannata all confessed years later that the inspiration for the song was a place on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, which, I believe (but I'm not sure) is where the photo on the back of The Stranger was taken.
Nina Bennett April 19, 2013 at 07:15 PM
can't imagine not having christiano's anymore. where will I have the eggplant parmigiano i love so much! goodbye..........

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