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The Regatta embarks on a different tack

June 12, 2014

By Robert Gold, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

June 12--COTUIT -- A Falmouth restaurateur has purchased the assets of The Regatta of Cotuit and plans to reopen it later this month as Villaggio at The Regatta.

Jay Bartolomei, the chef and owner of Landucci Italia in Falmouth, expects to open the Cotuit restaurant June 25. He will continue to run Landucci through August. The staff from the restaurant will move to the Cotuit location, now called Villaggio at The Regatta, he said.

"Everybody is coming with me -- they can't wait," Bartolomei said.

Bartolomei bought the equipment and other assets from Peter Menounos and Paul Roiff, who remain owners of the Route 28 property in Cotuit. Bartolomei will lease the building from them.

Menounos, who owns the Santuit Inn in Mashpee, and Roiff, a Boston real estate developer and restaurateur, bought The Regatta in October 2012 at bankruptcy auction.

The pair spent "a couple hundred thousand dollars" on improvements to the building, including upgraded plumbing, electricity, and fixtures.

"Our intent was to find an operator for the space," Menounos said.

Last summer, the restaurant was open under the ownership of Menounos and Roiff, but it has not been open yet this year.

Bartolomei was the owner and chef at Villaggio in Falmouth from 2004 to 2010. He then opened Landucci in leased space at The Falmouth Inn.

Bartolomei said The Regatta's history contributed to the allure in moving into the space.

"I think The Regatta was known more as a special-occasion place," he said.

But Bartolomei said he plans on drawing people more often by having a wider range of prices.

"I am also going to have more affordable items as well," he said.

Weldon Fizell was owner and chef of The Regatta for about six years before it closed in the fall of 2012. Brantz and Wendy Bryan opened the restaurant in 1987, moving from a Falmouth location they launched in 1969.

Bartolomei said Falmouth is "saturated" with restaurants and moving to Cotuit allows him to expand his reach into new parts of the Cape.


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