Huntington welcomes new BBQ restaurant

May 13, 2017 by  

Vauxhall, a gastropub in Huntington, has been popular since it opened its doors, so the news that its owners planned a second spot was cause for celebration, according to an article on Newsday.

Michael Meehan, Dan Valentino, Eric Finneran, and Sal Mignano are Vauxhall’s owners, and on May 6, they finally opened Radio Radio, their encore to Vauxhall. The newest eatery is described as a ‘Southern bistro-BBQ-roadhouse mashup’.

Radio Radio is moving into the former Doppio Artisan Bistro, which served Italian-inspired food. The bar, which is topped with white stone, has been left in place, as have the incandescent lights. However, diners will now have a view of the open kitchen, and can see the barbeque smoker. The original dark walls have been lightened up with subway tiles; license plates and the hood of a 1969 pick-up truck have been used as decorations.

The menu is divided into only three sections; what the restaurant is calling ‘start + snack’, ‘supper’, and ‘straight up ‘que’. The starters include items like corn on the cob prepared Mexican style, while entrees include fried chicken and shrimp hash; while the barbeque menu items rotate, with smoked chicken, pulled pork, and brisket on the list.

Radio Radio is named for a 1978 song made popular by Elvis Costello, and reflects the fact that the owners are also all musicians.

Efforts like this can benefit if owners use banners to help make the opening festive and fun.