Turnaround Chef Johndavid Hensley Spins Pub Into Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The newest addition to Long Island’s restaurant scene is Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar, a white-tablecloth restaurant that debuted last month where sports bar Bottoms Up once stood in downtown Islip.Executive Chef Johndavid Hensley, a veteran in the restaurant industry, touts classic dishes with contemporary flair and a focus on featuring local and regional ingredients.“My oysters and clams are pretty much dug right here in our backyard,” says Hensley, sitting in a booth as members of the dining staff began setting tables for the dinner rush on a recent Monday.Fitting the restaurant’s motif, blue light floods the dimly lit dining room accented by bright white tablecloths and nautical decals. Techno music thumping in the background completes the nightclub feel. Hensley takes a positive, hands-on approach in managing the kitchen.“I never really tell anybody here what to do,” he says. “I tell them why and how to do it, so they themselves can make discoveries. I want to inspire and empower.”Hensley, who grew up in the Hamptons, got his start in the restaurant business at an early age.“My family, we’re restaurant people,” he says. “So I grew up with it in my blood. I just fell in love with the job and the environment.”He worked his way up the ranks at Hampton Bays’ now-defunct Indian Cove Restaurant and Marina, where he eventually served as executive chef for more than 15 years. In its heyday, the East End fixture ranked high among LI restaurants, receiving four stars from The New York Times three years in a row. Craving the bright lights and big city, he moved to Manhattan in the late ’90s, and bounced around before securing a position as executive chef of the Russian Tea Room, where he worked from 1998 to 2000.“I got a chance to rub elbows with a lot of political dignitaries,” he recalls. “It helped polish my skills with the service aspect of [the industry]. I fell in love, not just with the food, but also the customers and what they represent.”In the following years, Hensley returned to the Island, and worked at The Montauk Yacht Club, Greek Bites Grill in Southampton and Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport. While discussing his long career in the restaurant industry, a much younger chef approached the booth at Blue Oyster Bar and asked Hensley for a second opinion on a meatball.“It’s fluffy enough, right? Not so dense?” Hensley says, inspecting the chef’s creation. He later explained it was an “Arthur Avenue meatball,” a Blue Oyster appetizer served with whipped ricotta cheese and named for the Little Italy section of the Bronx. After a brief consultation with the other chef, Hensley says, “All right, run with it.”Throughout the course of his career, Hensley says, skilled chefs often took him under their wing, a practice he’s now adopted. He believes strongly in “paying it forward.”“The kids here, when I give them a recipe, I want them to feel it and touch it,” he says. “I like others to discover what made me smile when I was younger.”Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar serves up a variety of regional and local seafood along with classic dishes and steaks. Appetizers include baked clams with lemon and thyme ($12) and herb-crusted Tuscan wings served with a curry cream dip. Entrée selections include Montauk swordfish with a honey-sweet potato mash and cranberry chutney ($28); traditional paella with shrimp, clams, mussels and chorizo ($32); and French lobster ravioli. That’s in addition to a full raw bar that features a variety of local oysters served daily.Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar is located at 524-526 Main St. in Islip. They can be reached at 631-446-4233 or blueoysterlongisland.comlast_img read more

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Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund is ‘biggest game in Europe this season’

first_imgThey have won the past nine Bundesliga titles between them.German champions Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (kick-off 16:30 GMT with live text coverage on BBC Sport) – a match described as the “biggest game of the season in Europe”.And for once, Bayern, managed by Niko Kovac, are the ones chasing Lucien Favre’s Dortmund, who lead the way by just two points with seven games remaining.‘A proper title decider’At the start of December, the title race looked to be over with Dortmund nine points clear at the top, but Bayern took advantage of the stuttering form of their rivals to claw back the deficit.However, Bayern slipped up last week by drawing against Freiburg and the yellow and blacks beat Wolfsburg with two late Paco Alcacer goals to regain the initiative.Both teams were knocked out at the last-16 stage of the Champions League by English clubs, Bayern losing against Liverpool and Dortmund suffering defeat at the hands of Tottenham.Balague said: “Kovac has found a way of playing now that makes them solid. When they start scoring, they don’t stop scoring. Plus, they have the momentum with them.“In terms of this weekend, Dortmund don’t usually get anything when they go to the Allianz. It all seems stacked in Bayern’s favour.”Smith said: “Dortmund raced into this lead and had this incredible start to the season. Jadon Sancho was setting up goals, Alcacer was coming on with 15 minutes to go and scoring hat-tricks, Marco Reus was back and looking brilliant and then, around March, the time when they played Spurs, they just stopped.“They ran out of energy, they ran out of ideas. It seemed like they choked, for want of a better word. Suddenly you had this big red machine, trundling up behind them.“Niko Kovac found a style that worked for him and you thought ‘relentlessly, remorselessly, Bayern will catch Dortmund’. But Dortmund have suddenly found a way back.“It is probably the biggest game of the season, in Europe, in terms of what rests on it in any of the major five leagues. The timing of it, the gap between them, it is a proper title decider.“Dortmund have this big game at the Allianz, where they don’t need to win, they just need to draw to keep their two-point lead.”Beware the fox in the boxBayern striker Robert Lewandowski leads the scoring chart this season and is just one strike away from registering 200 goals in the top flight but Dortmund’s Spanish striker Alcacer is just three adrift for this term and has scored at a quicker rate.Balague said: “Alcacer is not a very good player, but he is a great striker. He finishes moves.“He is not the fastest for the kind of counter-attacking moves they practise; physically you can’t ask him to do 90 minutes of pressing football, but he has the knack of scoring goals at the right time, even from the bench.“But his all-round game is not one you can trust. He loses the ball and doesn’t get involved outside the box, but in it he is great.”Time to catch Bayern?Bayern are aiming for a league and German Cup double, after progressing to the semi-finals of the competition by scraping past second-division side Heidenheim.The 28-time champions are on a run of six consecutive Bundesliga titles, but are already looking to the future by building for next season.They have agreed a club record £68m deal to sign defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, as well as France international team-mate Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart for a reported £31m.Smith said: “This isn’t a vintage Bayern team – the one that has beaten Dortmund four times in four years at the Allianz.“In times past, if Lewandowski didn’t fire, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery would but everyone looks a little less than they were.“It is the end of an era for Bayern and if there is a time for Dortmund to catch them, it is now.” Source: BBClast_img read more

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GPL: Kotoko to play Aduana in Sunyani

first_imgThe Premier League Board has confirmed the Coronation Park in Sunyani as the venue for Asante Kotoko’s home game against Aduana Stars on Sunday.The league organisers announced the change of venue Wednesday.“Following the temporary ban of Asante Kotoko from using the Baba Yara Stadium as its home ground, the Premier League Board has decided that the 27th Week league match between Asante Kotoko SC and Aduana F/C on Sunday 19th May, 2013 should be played at the Sunyani Sports stadium,” a PLB statement read.last_img

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Tumwater Dentist Helping Area Families

first_img“I sat down with my front office team and saw how much money was going to insurance companies, claim forms administration and collections costs.  We also calculated how many hundreds of extra dollars families were spending by not catching potential problems that we could have found during a simple annual dental exam.  When I began to run these numbers with other dentists around America… we found that we could offer our patients free initial exams, free exam x-rays, free teeth cleanings and as much as 20% off our usual fee structure simply by creating our own in-house dental savings plan.”  The result was QDP… and Dr. Banner is quite proud of what he and the other dentists have created.  “This one simple step has allowed us to eliminate the insurance company middle man… and those savings are going right back into the pockets of folks here locally.  I’m really proud to be part of this forward looking cost-savings movement.  This is a great system for dental care everywhere.” Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 “Even here in Tumwater we see kids in our practice who are in chronic pain because a simple cavity was not caught in time.  That cavity was not caught because the parents perceived that they could not afford dental care.  By the time the pain for the child is unbearable… the cost of solving the problem has escalated two or three times over what it would have been if caught a year earlier.  This bothered me a great deal and I decided to be part of finding a solution.”  The solution that Dr. Banner helped develop with other dentists across the country is both simple and quite ingenious… and may prove to be a model for healthcare reform across the board.  “Numbers don’t lie… and we found that we could create a system where families could get earlier preventative and less expensive dental care.”  The program is called QDP – Quality Dental Plan (QualityDentalPlan.com), which is now rolling out nationally across the nation thanks to Dr. Banner and other forwarding thinking dentists. (Tumwater, WA)  As the healthcare debate rages nationally, one Tumwater dentist has decided to do something tangible to help individuals and families afford quality dental care.  “Statistically speaking, more than 60% of Americans don’t have dental insurance,” said Dr. Brant Banner from his dental practice building on Littlerock Road Southwest.  “This means that a large majority of people here locally delay dental procedures, which is not good for dental health or overall healthcare.”  A recent report by CBS News cited by Dr. Banner indicated dental decay as a contributing factor in many seemingly unrelated problems… including employment problems, heart disease and childhood school absences. Innovative Healthcare Solution Formulated LocallyDental Alternative to High Cost Insurance ### For more information about Quality Dental Plan go to QualityDentalPlan.com.  To schedule a press interview with Dr. Brant Banner, contact Kathryn Kelly at 1-508-643-8000 or [email protected] .last_img read more

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