Sprawling new restaurant, gourmet market coming to Lighthouse Point
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With Lighthouse Point still under development in St. George, a little imagination will help draw a picture of food services coming to the waterside community.
Staten Island’s own Peter Botros recently signed a lease for a restaurant and gourmet food market — and offered to share with SILive readers the ambitious plans for his approximately 27,100-square-foot (17,600 indoor; 9,500 outdoor) chunk of space.
BUT FIRST A LITTLE BACKGROUND: Botros is a mortgage broker by trade but an entrepreneur with a penchant for building food concepts. He is a principal at Violette’s Cellar in Grant City plus Stone House of Clove Lakes Park and its intimate restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept called The Chef’s Loft. He also co-owns the freshly opened The Corner House BBQ of Grant City.
After about two years of negotiations with Triangle Equities, the developer of Lighthouse Point — a $250 million, 115-unit luxury apartment complex with mixed use businesses, a fresh food market and Westin Hotel — Botros hopes to open a sprawling restaurant operation of his own in about two years.
When Triangle completes the build out, Botros’ place will be housed among stone vaults built like bunkers under Bay Street and include an outdoor patio section.
“The name of restaurant is going to be Gas Lamp,” said Botros. “I plan on having live gas lamps on the outside of the building, big and aggressive, elongated sconces off the side of the building. It will look great on that building with the old stone.”
He added with a chuckle, “If I’m allowed” pending permits and City approvals.
Explained Botros, “There’s five-and-a-half rooms there — each full-sized room is 1,200-square-feet per room and the rooms connect to each other with brick archways.”
A smaller vault is about 400 feet, which will be an intimate room for private parties. A free-standing, one-story building of about 1,400 feet stands right in front of the vaults.
“That building is a five story, 12,500-square-foot building. We’re going to reduce it to about 10,000 feet with a lofty ceiling rather than an A-frame fifth floor,” said Botros. That will translate to a 2,500-square foot banquet room with a harbor view and 18-to-20-foot ceilings.
“Intertwined in between the buildings is approximately 10,000 feet of outdoor space. And that’s going to be for dining,” said Botros.
Picture a food hall as well, vendors curated by Botros himself.
“So the food hall is most likely going to be called ‘Lighthouse Market.’ I’m going to have anywhere from 18-to-20 vendors selling coffee, tacos, mac and cheese, fresh fried dougnuts, a very very eclectic mix so anyone could go there and get the best quality, the best of anything,” enthused the entrepreneur.
As for the storied grounds — the spot was once home to a lighthouse manufacturing facility — Botros loves the architecture and history of it all.
“It’s the first set of buildings when you get off the Ferry and you go to the Lighthouse Point development,” he said.
The audience and core patrons of the places, he guessed, will be Staten Islanders. As the outlet mall opens, he hopes for the tourists and locals.
HOW ABOUT THAT RESTAURANT MENU? It’s early in the game with the build out, but Botros culls from The Chef’s Loft and Violette’s Cellar to flesh out the Gas Lamp concept.
“The style of restaurant is that it will be focused on small plates. The atmosphere will be like Violette’s which is a very social, shared experience,” said Botros.
“It’s going to be very vibrant and lively, open seven days for lunch and dinner, definitely brunch, craft cocktails, sommelier-selected wine selection and local craft beers,” said Botros.
He envisions dishes like seared burrata cheese encircled by cremini mushrooms with chive oil and soy reduction and charred Spanish octopus heightened in flavors courtesy of diced, smoked country ham, cilantro microgreens and a mole-black bean puree.
His favorite cocktail is a “Sin and Tonic” — Brooklyn Gin, muddled orange, cinnamon syrup and Fentenman’s Tonic — which will be included on the drink menu.
As reported by the Advance, the North Shore development underway includes a 12-story residential building plus Lighthouse Point Market and Spaces and The Learning Experience in 65,000 square feet dedicated to retail and office space. Community spaces will afford room for festivals and concerts. A 300-space public parking garage is also in the mix.