The Town of Smithtown board unanimously approved a site plan for restaurateur Anthony Scotto to build a steakhouse at the corner of Nesconset Highway and Mount Pleasant Road, the former home to Boulder Creek Steakhouse.
A 3,011 square foot addition to the existing building was approved, which would bring the total square footage of the building to 9,960 square feet. An outdoor dining area, measuring 1,751 square feet, will also be added to the restaurant.
While additions have been approved to the location, Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said the owners have stated even with the changes the new establishment would operate similarly to the last.
“There’s no more coverage other than what was there … they maintained that it would be less intensive than the previous steakhouse that was there. It was a simple, basic change,” Vecchio said.
Co-owner of the establishment Arthur Viana said the additional space isn’t to serve more guests but for storage and to allow guests more space to dine. Viana added the new restaurant is a fine-dining establishment that serves prime dry-aged steak and sushi.
Having this new establishment, Viana said, would create jobs for the community and local companies will do all construction.
“All the trades that have been approved for construction are all from Smithtown and the surrounding areas – Stony Brook, Saint James, Smithtown itself – everybody I’m using for the construction is from a five mile radius from the building,” he said. “We’re employing everyone from Smithtown and surrounding areas, we’re creating about 50, 60 jobs, full-time employees.”
Viana added that the products purchased for the restaurant are from Long Island establishments.
“A lot of the products that the chefs use are Long Island based, everything that we buy we purchase from long Island vendors … At the end of the day it’s all about keeping the economy going here on Long Island,” he said.
At a September 2010 public hearing, in an area known for flooding.
Viana stated construction on the currently unnamed restaurant should begin in a couple of weeks and expects to be open for business by mid-summer.