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Take a current Huntington restaurant owner, Daniel Pedisich.
Then add another restaurateur who’s already operating in Port Washington, Barry Wohl of Nikkei of
Now mix in a seasoned bartender, Toni Vidakovic.
What you get is a dream trio and the new, proud owners of The Olive Room, a small plates and wine nook that recently opened at 172 Main Street in Port Washington.
The place opened in the fall and became an immediately popular local mecca for all things Mediterranean, and more.
The Olive Room is a homecoming of sorts for Pedisich, who grew up in the village and is a graduate of Schreiber High School.
“I’ve always remained close and frequented [the area] through the years,” he said.
How it happened
Pedisich is the owner of ViNoTEKA 46 in downtown Huntington, and a previous owner of Bin 56, also in Huntington.
Wohl approached him last year about going in together on an open space.
Pedisich was in. He just wanted to bring along his longtime bartender, Vidakovic, who had often expressed wanting to do something on his own.
“So the timing worked out well for all of us,” Pedisich told Greater Roslyn.
The three got the keys to the space and got to work, later opening to immediate fanfare.
“Port Washington really is a great town and client base,” Pedisich said. “It’s a very a diverse community and very receptive to different styles of both food and beverage. The community has been nothing but
supportive, they seem happy to have us there, and we are happy to have them!”
If you go
The full name is The Olive Room Meeting Pointe (pictured above), and it’s located in the former Wild Honey on Main space. Wild Honey operated for 12 years before selling to another group that never opened, according to a Facebook post. The Olive Room opened in November.
It’s a cozy, casual spot that’s nice for regulars and visitors to the village alike. Menu items range from Grilled Mediterranean Octopus (28) from the Small Plates board, to a Crispy Buttermilk Chicken sandwich (17). There are burgers, pastas and even a pizza for the kids.
For vegetarians, the owners say a fan favorite is their hand-crafted zucchini-chickpea-quinoa burger (16) that even comes with a gluten free bun option. Click here for the full menu and pricing
“We have a pretty diverse menu,” Pedisich said.
For dessert, he recommends The Olive Room’s Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream, “which is custom-made for us by The Ice Cream Chick, whose store neighbors ViNoTEKA in Huntington.”