Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, a popular Mexican-inspired restaurant in Bay Shore, is set to move into a bigger space down the block and rebrand with a new name.
The ownership group, Costa Verde Restaurant Group, informed Greater Long Island that they will be moving Verde into the old Peninsula Chinese and Japanese restaurant on Main Street, which will be nearly double the current space and include a rooftop component.
The owners have been looking for a new space for Verde for some time, they said, but they had punch-list items to meet.
- They wanted to stay in Bay Shore
- It had to be a unique space
- The new location had to be bigger than the original spot
All three were checked off when they found out Peninsula, located at 55 W. Main St., was up for grabs. The owners took over the space in February. The demolition began a month later.
“It’s going to be much more elevated and refined,” said Anthony Tartaglia, co-owner of Costa Verde. “We’ll be revamping a lot of things.”
The new space will have a main dining room with seating for 45 people, a 32-person bar, catering rooms, a private mezcal bar, and a concrete roof deck with a fireplace. The rooftop will have seating for 66 people and a full dining menu, including cocktails. The entire space totals over 8,000 square feet, with nearly 2,000 of it being for the rooftop.
The owners plan to build a wood-burning stove to offer new entrees, such as wood-fired steaks.
The timeline for the opening is set for 2025, with the installation of elevators and staircases.
The owners are working with designers from New York City and Mexico on the branding.
Although the name is still under wraps, the owners are excited about their new venture and keeping the favorites of Verde while adding new food and cocktails.
“It’s really going to be a modernized version of what we’ve been doing at Verde,” said Tartaglia, who lives in Bay Shore.
The owners are happy with the Bay Shore area, which has seen many new concepts in restaurants and bars popping up, and are excited to be a part of the growth.
They didn’t expect Verde to blow up the way that it did back at launch in 2014.
“It was supposed to be a little taco shop,” said Tartaglia. “We had no idea what was in store.”
The success of Verde helped Anthony Tartaglia, along with his business partner and brother Andrew Tartaglia, open other restaurants in the area, including Coastal Kitchen + Cocktails and the Brightwaters Inn. There are also two more concepts in the works: Sweet Jane and American Standard Whisky Bar & Grill.
As for the old Verde locale, the Tartaglias are keeping it for now, but haven’t decided what they will do with it.
Top: Rendering of the “new” Verde coming to Bay Shore. (Credit: Verde Kitchen & Cocktails/Facebook)