Staten Island Nightlife: Scenes from The Local restaurant’s opening night party
Meet The Local’s chef.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The restaurant life just came full circle for Mike Cappucci, the executive chef at freshly opened The Local in Castleton Corners.
“I’m back in my home,” said a beaming Cappucci. He launched his professional career in this spot at 316 Manor Road when it was Scott’s Armory Inn, an address later known as Pepper Jack Grill. And now Kevin Harrigan and Joe Territo have established the place known simply as “The Local.”
The restaurant boasts of an inventory purchased only from Staten Island purveyors.
Starting Friday, Oct. 12, The Local will serve dinner starting at 5 p.m. A grand opening party is open to the public at 9 p.m., Friday with “Chopping Broccoli.”
The Local can be found at 316 Manor Rd., Castleton Corner; 718-816-6466.
Joe owns the Manor House further up Manor Road and also partners with Kevin on Liberty Tavern Grill in West Brighton. Kevin is the president of the Staten Island Restaurant and Tavern Association.
He has tended the kitchens of The Manor House, Liberty Tavern Grill and even owned his place, Trends of Great Kills, until Hurricane Sandy.
The Local promises not only steaks, chops and roasted meats like apricot-glazed short ribs and dry-rubbed baby back ribs, but also Cappucci’s signature, eclectic fish dishes — Asian calamari (with a Trends twist), Blueberry Salmon, Filet of Sole “Rockerfella,” Salmon Dijonanise.
There is an extensive appetizer list from French onion soup to wings and fried zucchini sticks to burrata cheese with tomato bruschetta and jumbo shrimp cocktail.
Salads, burgers, sandwiches, chicken entrees and children’s section populate the menu.
Mike purchases his fresh pastas like pappardella, angelotti and lobster ravioli from Pastosa.
The restaurant serves all of these items for weekday and weekend dinners. Eventually it will introduce a lunch and brunch menu.