One North, the Scotto Brothers’ new Mediterranean seafood restaurant, debuted Nov. 13 in the renovated former Maine Maid Inn, a historic landmark in Jericho that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
The much-anticipated opening comes after the restaurateurs spent millions modernizing the structure, which had fallen into disrepair before they purchased it in 2013. The result is an upscale casual locale serving up coastal European-inspired cuisine with an open kitchen concept and private banquet rooms.
“I think it’s by far the nicest restaurant on Long Island today,” said Anthony Scotto, president of the restaurant’s parent company. “It is something Long Island has never seen.”
Scotto leads a hospitality group that also runs Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville, Rare 650 Prime Steak & Sushi in Syosset, Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi in Smithtown, and several catering halls and hotels.
One North proved unique from the start. The Town of Oyster Bay gave the house, built in 1789, landmark status a year before Scotto bought it. The new owners took care to maintain the historic character of the building by reusing some materials and replicating others that couldn’t be salvaged. Patrons will find it a welcoming space with warmth and texture, rustic wood and high-end décor.
“The menu, like the place, is very different,” Scotto said.
Executive Chef Ron Gelish cooked up a menu that includes whole fish, imported burrata and meats, сrudo, fresh and distinct pasta and salads, delectable desserts and a top-flight wine list.
What’s more, Scotto donated the first week of sales to three causes: Heroes to Heroes Foundation, Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
One Main is located at 4 Old Jericho Tpke. in Jericho. They can be reached at onenorthrestaurant.com or 516-605-1400.