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Jan 2, 2017 4:30 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Village's Tuscan House To Change Into Gastro Pub

The owner of Tuscan House in Southampton Village is going to rebrand his restaurant over the next few weeks. BY GREG WEHNER
Jan 2, 2017 4:43 PM

One of Southampton Village’s most popular restaurants has closed down temporarily so the owner can change things up a bit.

Tuscan House, which is located at the corner of Windmill and Jobs lanes, closed its doors on January 1, and when it reopens in a few of weeks it will be called Jobs Lane Gastro Pub.

“After 13 years on the corner of Jobs & Windmill, Chef/Owner William Oster of Tuscan House is excited to bring a new concept to all of the loyal patrons and surrounding communities,” said a message on Tuscan House’s Facebook page December 21. “After an interior makeover, we will feature a new menu consisting of the best of Tuscan House and high quality Euro-American Pub Fare.”

Among the anticipated offerings are cuts of dry-aged beef and wild game meats, plus a “fine selection of international craft bottled beer and wines.”

Mr. Oster relocated Tuscan House from Riverhead to Southampton in 2005, after realizing that many of the customers who frequented the former location traveled from Southampton. When the opportunity came to grab the corner spot across from Agawam Park, Mr. Oster jumped at it.

Over the past 13 years, Mr. Oster offered his guests many different Italian dishes that were inspired by his trips to Italy. During those trips, he sought out the latest Italian fare, researching trends and recipes, and returning with the flavors of Florence, Sicily and Rome, and all the regions in between.

The restaurant, with fold-up glass walls on two sides of the dining room, appeared empty on Monday afternoon, without a table in sight.

Mr. Oster declined to comment on any of the changes this week, saying any new information can be found on social media.

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Good luck. Could've picked a better name. Gastro? I immediately think of indigestion. And there's a Gastro Bar in NYC. Gourmand Pub? Gourmanderie?
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Jan 4, 17 10:52 AM
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noun: gastropub; plural noun: gastropubs; noun: gastro-pub; plural noun: gastro-pubs
a pub that specializes in serving high-quality food.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Jan 4, 17 12:22 PM
Oster had better learn that his patrons will have SPECIAL requests. He has to learn to be flexible and adapt his ridged menus to accommodate varied pallets. Example .. offer more than one choice of pasta with a dish. I've walked out on occasion when he wouldn't change a sauce for my plate or wouldn't serve an plate over pasta rather than bare.
By jediscuba (71), Suthampton on Jan 27, 17 1:49 PM
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Sorry to hear -- Just sounds like sorry sad 'ol Tuscan House, in updated Garb. How sad that a fine locale in Southampton village is held captive by such a "niente di speciale" establishment. If you haven't yet been -- think of the most bland, tired, dreary high-end restaurant on Manhattan's UES -- the one that people stroll by perplexed -- wondering "HOW do they stay in business???" Correction -- this wouldn't survive a month in Manhattan, or most other places where diners have a choice of finer ...more
By Peconic Dolphin (9), Southampton on Feb 3, 17 11:18 AM