10/15/15 6:00am

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Brian Curtin wanted Pure North Fork, the new restaurant he manages at Wading River’s Great Rock Golf Club, to stand apart from its predecessor.

The golf course’s former restaurant, Blackwells, was a more traditional steakhouse featuring mahogany tables and high prices. So when that closed in January 2014 and new ownership took over, Curtin, who manages the golf course and also managed Blackwells, saw an opportunity.

In its place is a “craft bistro” emphasizing local ingredients and a casual atmosphere. And, speaking of prices, when Pure North Fork opened to the public Monday, the only menu items costing more than $30 were prime steaks. (more…)

07/19/12 6:51pm

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Blackwells at Great Rock restaurant’s executive chef Chris Gerdes (left) and general manager Brian Curtin hold up two of the restaurant’s new offerings: sauteed shrimp with white beans and garlic and a grilled pizza with spinach.

Since 2001, Blackwells Restaurant in Wading River has served up steaks of all kinds, from porterhouse to New York strip.

But about two months ago, the steakhouse’s head chef and its manager decided to do something unexpected: completely redesign their menu, eliminating most of their signature steakhouse stylings and going for a leaner, greener look. (more…)