Juicy Lucy On Her Alter-ego Restaurant, The New Juicy Lucia | The Dish STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Welcome back for another dose of The Dish. See it weekly, broadcast from the Staten Island Advance/SILIVE.Com’s Facebook page. The live presentation dishes on the borough’s dynamic food industry and takes a behind-the-scenes look at some of the unique businesses in our community at 9 a.M. Each Wednesday. This first Wednesday of the New Year takes us to Juicy Lucy (Juicylucybbq.Com/) at 809 Fr. Capodanno in Ocean Breeze, a waterside hamlet on the East Shore. Owner Richie Holmes has some news to share: His barbecue place and drive-in movie operation has shut down until March 6. In the meantime, he’ll deliver the Island a new takeout and delivery venue — Juicy Lucia. Call it the Italian alter-ego of Juicy Lucy. This new rendition of the restaurant will feature a streamlined menu with mozzarella sticks, fried ravioli, Chicken Marsala, Francaise, Parm and Scarpariella plus sausage ‘n’ peppers. A chef from Italy will present stuffed pastas and salumi platters. Yes, Holmes will keep the famed Juicy Lucy wings on the appetizer list. The Juicy Lucia popup presentation will rev up on Friday, Jan. 20 and stay open on Fridays and Saturdays only through March. Holmes hopes that by then indoor dining will resume once again. One thing the video touches on that will be of interest to native Staten Islanders is the discussion of the location’s history as an eating and drinking spot. In 1962, the place was called Toto’s. It eventually become the Waterfront Cafe, then Hartley’s and Kennedy’s. After the building burned down it was rebuilt to house Joe & John Toto’s in 1982. Hurricane Sandy knocked it down in 2012, yet the Toto’s brought it back again. John Toto retired from the business in 2018 and, after over a million dollars in renovations, Juicy Lucy was born on July 1, 2019. Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor. For restaurant nostalgia and other thoughts of Staten Island yesteryear in food, she can be reached at [email protected] Missed prior episodes of The Dish? Check them out here: Beans ‘n’ Leaves tests a Superior hot cocoa | The Dish Take a tasty tour of a chocolate factory on Staten Island | The Dish Watch a ‘chocolate bomb’ explode and taste gourmet s’mores on Staten Island | The Dish Has government ‘overstepped’ in banning indoor dining in some neighborhoods? | The Dish Pamela’s dishing on a quiet Thanksgiving. So . . . Where can you dine indoors? | The Dish ‘The Mustard Seed’ grows on Forest Avenue with avocado toast and breakfast empanadas | The Dish Igloo for 4? Egger’s gets creative for wintertime | The Dish Peace, love and yummy Filipino food at Filled Cafe | The Dish 9 a.M. At Griff’s and the whiskey shots and beer flow Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Mel Gibson Nurses Injured Arm In A Sling As He Spends Quality Time With Daughter Lucia Mel Gibson nurses injured arm as he spends quality time with daughter Lucia during grocery run By Christine Rendon For Dailymail.Com Published: 13:57 EST, 28 December 2020 | Updated: 15:06 EST, 28 December 2020 Mel Gibson spent some quality time with his daughter Lucia while overcoming an arm injury. The actor, 64, was spotted pushing a grocery cart through a parking lot in Malibu with his right arm resting within a sling. His 11-year-old daughter Lucia trailed close behind with a blue face mask covering the majority of her complexion. Father-daughter time: Mel Gibson went grocery shopping with his 11-year-old daughter Lucia on Sunday The actor pushed his empty grocery cart forward while using his free hand to hold his cell phone. The Lethal Weapon actor took precautions against COVID-19 with a white face mask. Lucia, meanwhile, sported an all-black look, with a cream beanie and white Converse sneakers deviating from the theme. Mel shares his daughter Lucia with his ex-partner Oksana Grigorieva, a Russian musician whom he dated from 2007 to 2010. On the mend: Gibson had his arm contained within a sling hidden behind his coat In total, the action actor has nine children from his previous relationships. Meanwhile, Mel, who recently overcame a battle with Covid-19, confirmed that Lethal Weapon 5 was 'absolutely on the way'. Last month, he appeared on Good Morning America and said director Richard Donner was already working on the next film. Happier times: Mel shares his daughter Lucia with his ex-partner Oksana Grigorieva, a Russian musician whom he dated from 2007 to 2010 'The man who was behind all that, the man who brought it to the screen, and gave it the goodies, is working on it right now. Richard Donner. He's a legend,' he said. The original Lethal Weapon was released in 1987. The last film in the series, Lethal Weapon 4, hit cinemas 22 years ago. Despite the pandemic, Mel has remained busy filming new movies. Currently, he's working on the action film Dangerous, which boasts a coast of Tyrese Gibson, Famke Janssen, and Scott Eastwood. Back for more: Gibson says a fifth Lethal Weapon is still in the works Advertisement Macellaio Closes, Makes Room For Lucia's New Dining Room ^ Keep Dallas Observer Free Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free. Just two weeks after we published our list of Top 100 Restaurants in Dallas, we fell to 99. Earlier this week, Jennifer and David Uygur announced they would close Macellaio, their newer restaurant on North Bishop Avenue. “During the pandemic, we’ve struggled to find the right niche for Lucia’s casual sister restaurant. Despite multiple pivots, sales continued to drop. With drastically diminished sales and no Salaryman to help share expenses, there simply isn’t a path forward for Macellaio. So, David and I decided to close it permanently,” Jennifer Uygur wrote on Facebook Monday. They still had “multiple years” remaining on that lease, but it turns out, the lease term for Lucia’s location on West Eighth Street expires at the end of this year. So, the restaurant we’ve known housed in 1,100 square feet is now moving to the main drag of the Bishop Arts District. Lucia will move into Macellaio’s former space at 287 N. Bishop Ave. That means those who want to support Lucia can do either takeout or dinner on a large, covered patio (with heaters). Come January, they will renovate the space, and Salaryman’s former spot next door will become the permanent Lucia to Go spot. In the spring, the owners hope to reopen Lucia (in the Macellaio area) for socially distanced dine-in. The goal is to have two separate spaces for the operations, so someone running in to pick up food to go isn't having to make his or her way through a dining room (spaced out or not, doing that's not ideal). EXPAND Jennifer and David Uygur Emily Loving “Lucia, in its new space, will look different than it did. But so many other things in our lives look different than they did last year, don’t they? We hope that you — like us — will just be glad that there still will BE a Lucia to enjoy in the new year,” Uygur wrote in her Facebook post. She told the Observer afterward how in a perfect world, they wouldn’t plan to move the restaurant, but we’re far from perfect or even normal-as-we-knew-it scenarios. “It’s a completely different space over there. It will have echoes of Lucia, but it will have to be its own thing,” she said. Books and other decorations from Lucia (originally from the Uygurs’ house) will make their way around the corner to the bigger restaurant space. It may feel different, but remember: Generally speaking, eating a meal is not simply about the bricks of the walls around you. 'We hope that you — like us — will just be glad that there still will BE a Lucia to enjoy in the new year.' — Jennifer Uygur “It’s the team and the food we serve and how we serve,” Uygur said. The couple has traversed the last year carefully, closing for dine-in and talking thoroughly with their staff members. They furloughed employees, then received Paycheck Protection Program funding and kept pushing with takeout. They asked more detailed questions about their employees to make sure everyone would stay safe. “That’s not my business, but it's COVID, it has to become your business,” Uygur said of making sure staff isn’t exposed. No one on staff has tested positive for COVID, she said. As they consider reopening for dine-in in the fall, they’re talking about when people will feel comfortable sitting next to strangers — and how close will they really want to be to them? “Does it mean you’ll permanently subtract bars from your bar? I don’t know,” she said. The future, of course, is unknown. Even if the powers that be say 100% capacity is allowed, it’s unachievable keeping 6 feet of distance among parties — something that seriously did not work in the former Lucia spot. For now, there’s a new movement for the Lucia team, which Uygur said is a rather helpful feeling. “I’ve been snuffling here the dining room of Lucia, and then I get excited, and I think David would agree with me, it’s good to have a plan and be working toward something positive as opposed to, you try to survive and you go, ‘Is this my life now? When can I start being creative in my food, instead of where can I actually not hemorrhage money, how do we start building a bridge back to where we were?’” she said. “Being able to have something to look forward to isn’t what we’ve had in a bit.” Lucia, soon to be at 287 N. Bishop Ave. (Bishop Arts District) Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our 'I Support' membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls. Taylor Adams has written about the restaurant industry for the Dallas Observer since 2016. Now the Observer's food editor, she attended Southern Methodist University before covering local news at The Dallas Morning News.
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