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Bullfish Grill Closes Shop

Three restaurants in just over three years disappear from same location.

Bullfish Grill’s menu of fresh seafood selections and different takes on traditional dishes seemed to be a perfect fit for Sayville restaurant goers, who love healthy choices and fresh cuisine. However, after just nine months in business Bullfish Grill quietly closed its doors over the Fourth of July weekend. Calls and emails to owner Carlo Bruno were not returned.

Bruno officially took over the location in July 2010. But he spent months renovating the interior and exterior of the restaurant. He even outfitted the entire restaurant with glass artwork.

Yet, Bullfish is just one of the many victims to what seems to be doomed at that particular space on West Main Street. Three restaurants in just over three years disappear from same location.

Tex-Mex restaurant The Armadillo Grille opened for business in September of 2009. The owners run another successful location in Babylon, and their dream was to take their restaurant concept national with their Texas BBQ cuisine. The Armadillo Grille was set up in that space for less than a year as well, closing its doors in July 2010.

Yet another restaurant victim was Taste. Their menu offered wine tastings as well as small bites and fondues but it never seemed to attract the right crowd. The restaurant opened in February 2008 and after months of empty tables, it shut the doors after a little more than a year.

Big Joe July 22, 2011 at 08:34 PM
I think that location is cursed... Nothing ever succeeds there. I feel bad for the owners that dump tons of money to renovate it but never does well...
Pete July 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Why didn't anyone go there? My wife and I went 4 times for dinner in the past 8 months and the food was excellent!! Fresh seafood, healthy and simply grilled at a very reasonable price. We Long Islanders NEED to stop frequenting places like Applebee's and Chili's which are headquartered in other states - thus supporting the economy in other parts of the US instead of supporting our own local LI economy!!
Terry Murtha July 23, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Pete, your spot on. I love Murtha's steak house, the food is always great and the place is spotless. You rarely have to wait for a table yet the community goes to J&R's. People should wake up before another fine long time local restaurant goes under and then says, oh thats to bad I really liked that place!!! What's Nike's slogan - Just do it... Jim
Pete July 23, 2011 at 05:10 PM
I have this argument with people all the time. We MUST frequent LOCAL establishments, not out-of-state chains. As a loyal Long Islander I refuse to go to Broadway plays- I see plays at the theatres in Patchogue, Guild hall in Easthampton and the theater in Oakdale. I refuse to go to sporting events in the Bronx, Queens, NYC and NJ- I will ONLY go to Islanders games!! STAY LOCAL, people.
Denise Karl July 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM
I don't feel the property is cursed. It was the same restaurant for a lot of years before it started changing hands. personally, I never knew when the restaurant was open. You'd drive by and it didn't look open. Also, (something I made the same mistake with) lack of advertising. Our economy is very tight. The entertainment dollars are scarse. When we do spend, we go someplace familiar because we KNOW what we will get & pay. to entice patrons to someplace new, they have to know up front what they will get walking through the door and $$ incentive would help.
KC - Sayville July 26, 2011 at 08:01 PM
A fish restaurant that advertised chicken wings and football games didnt make sense. Either your a restaurant or a bar. That was their first mistake. Plus, honestly....the people who worked there dressed like slobs. The barmaid wore tank tops showing off her boobs and tattoos while the owner wore raggedy t-shirts and saggy pants. Very poor management.
SoMo July 26, 2011 at 08:28 PM
I still miss Taste. The service was slow but the food was fantastic.
paintsflowers July 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Do you remember how successful Georges was in that spot? The German food and service was great.Too bad he retired. Crickets is another example of a great local restaurant. Good food, good price, & personal involvement by the owner is so important.
Denise Karl July 29, 2011 at 01:16 AM
YES! Georges was terrific. a great place for dinner for two or the whole family on mother's day. And yes, it was reasonable! I think that is one of the problems in this economy. You have to have good food, but you have to make it so that you have enough low priced items on the menu. Oh... and you forgot the Sayville Inn. An institution in this town that is stands the test of time -- and economy.
Pete July 29, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Describe reasonable? While I don't want to overpay for below average food, I am tired of the nice upscale (get dressed up in slacks and a button-down shirt) type restaurants being replaced by a second rate version of a cheesy chain establishment like Applebee's. I'd rather go to 21 Main or Blackstone or Blue or H2O once a month than go to a cheap uninteresting dinner at a t-shirt and jeans place once a week.
Pete July 29, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Crickets????? Seriously??????? Wow, if that's what people want, then we on Long Island are not the upscale, affluent community that the demographics say we are.
Pete July 29, 2011 at 02:39 PM
I will agree with you KC regarding the lack of professionalism involved. When I go to a restaurant I expect to be greeted by a hostess that looks nice and is dressed properly. As for the bar vs. restaurant- I disagree. Businesses need to make money any way they can. If that means being a restaurant at dinner time, and showing sporting events at nights and on weekends to bring in people I'm OK with that
paintsflowers July 30, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Pete you must be wealthy. Lots of folks just can't afford those upscale places, but wish to eat out at a decent, and affordable place like Crickets. It's like a meeting place in a small town where lots of the locals know each other and enjoy a reasonable meal. Sometimes I like expensive- How about JoJo in NYC. Is that upscale enough? ($400 a pop)
Louis Febrizio July 31, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Bullfish was a Seafood Restaurant !! ?? !! ?? I had no idea. I thought it was another sports bar. That message didn't come through at all. Over the last twenty years we've seen one restaurant after another fail there. But George's really was great.
Pete August 04, 2011 at 09:15 PM
The word "FISH" in the name of the restaurant didn't tip you off. Wow
paintsflowers August 05, 2011 at 11:25 AM
I think Louis was overcome by the bull
Pete August 05, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Hahaha That's good. I wonder what will take its place. I hope it's a healthy seafood place as well. Let's just hope it doesn't stay closed too long - Empty places make the town look bad
Nicholas Catalano August 16, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Maybe the operations were poorly managed. I've seen a lot of kitchens fail because food is ordered and not used properly to create a buck. Or the bar is given away in order to keep people coming back. But KC is right, if you are a seafood restaurant then focus on seafood. Do what you do best and stick with it. Who knows. But with a name like "Bullfish"........... I wonder what the over/under was?
Pete August 16, 2011 at 03:37 PM
It seems the ONLY restaurants that are jam-packed EVERY night are the upscale, expensive restaurants: Tellers, 21 Main, Blackstone, H2O, Verace, Amarelle, Maroni, Limoni, Bobby Van's, The Palm, Nick & Toni's, Il Mulino, Rothmanns, Rare 650, Bryant & Cooper, etc. These restaurants take reservations and there's still always a wait for a table. The average bill for a couple to have appetizer, entree and dessert, plus a cocktail or two usually adds up to over $200. Maybe whoever takes over Bullfish should turn it into an upscale restaurant charging big bucks. These seem to be the ones that have lasted through the years while the average-priced local casual dining places seem to go in and out of business constantly.
paintsflowers October 01, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Why didn't I think of calling Robert Irvine of Restaurant Impossible? He would know how to bail out a failing restaurant!!
Anthony October 05, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Go to Sayville Inn! Quality food at a fair price...
Pete October 20, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Just a few weeks ago, Newsday did a section called Top 10 restaurants on the South Shore. A few restaurants in our area made the cut (LaTavola, Verace, The View, Bistro 25, Strip Steak, BluePoint Bar and Grill). Just thought people on this site would be interested in that
paintsflowers October 20, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Any news if a new place will open where the Bullfish was?
Alycia Broderick October 20, 2011 at 09:54 PM
It's actually having a soft opening this week and Patch has the story coming soon!! It's called Fusion 84 and we have heard good things so far!!

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