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Insignia Owner: 'This is Not a Nightclub'

Anthony Scotto defends his swank restaurant over noise complaints.

Insignia owner Anthony Scotto told members of Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals that his posh new restaurant, Insignia Steakhouse, is not a club amid complaints from nearby residents that noise and parking that is encroaching on their homes is disrupting their lives.

According to Newsday, a half-dozen residents attended the BZA meeting to complain about Insignia's atmosphere, claiming the loud music and headlights from the cars in the parking lot are keeping their children awake. The owners, however, denied that.

From Newsday:

Insignia's owner, Anthony Scotto, and his attorney said they conducted a study that showed the restaurant does not generate excessive noise. If neighbors hear music late at night, Scotto said, "It can't be from Insignia," which closes no later than 11 p.m.

Much of the outrage has stemmed from a makeshift gravel parking lot Insignia illegally installed behind the restaurant.

The Scottos have already received a summons for . The town had stipulated that owners Scotto Brothers leave a 100-foot gap, 50 feet of buffer and 50 feet of easement, between the restaurant and neighboring residential properties when approving the building plans.

However, Insignia’s owners have filed an application for an area variance to expand the parking lot. The application will go before the Smithtown town board at 7 p.m. on March 22 at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center.

anonymoustwo March 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Many of us only go there for the booze and music..not food.. it turns into a "nightclub" and is known as such . Lots of partying there...
We Heart Long Island March 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
The point of this article and others is they didn't follow all of the local laws.
Candyee March 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I guess for some it does not matter . they do what they want whenever and what ever they want in disregard of what it may do to other people and how it will effect others
Argile March 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Wan't to prove it? Get some video of it happening. I'm surprised no one has figured this out yet. BTW, how is the food there?
Candyee March 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The food is good.. Went there once . You are correct about getting a video. Better then that , a Smithtown official go there and see for themselves.

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