Morgans in Rye to Become a Casual, New England-Style Fish House

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Here’s a little more info on the news about the changes at Morgans Fish House, which Don McNicol broke in his HVRW post. (Kudos again, Don!)

I spoke to Lisa McKiernan, the managing partner, and she says Morgans is going to become a New England-style fish house. It’s getting a complete overhaul, and will look much more casual. The menu will change, too.

“Morgans is great, we loved it, but when the economy changed, so did our business,” she says. “And we kept trying to adjust. We lowered the prices. But it still felt rich. It felt like you had to have a reservation, and you had to be dressed right to come in.”

They’re planning on exposing some natural brick walls, taking out the banquettes and installing cozy booths. The cool blue color is going to tan, and the other colors will be chocolate brown and navy. They’re getting new chairs, too, changing from an ultrasuede to a solid, ladder back wooden chair with a leather seat. There will be craft paper on the tables.

But perhaps the most dramatic change will be to the glass-walled kitchen. They’re removing the wall and installing a bar-height marble counter for open-kitchen dining.

The menu will be more casual, too. There’s a raw bar, and there will be a section of sliders; some fun, sharable appetizers; and side dishes like lobster mac and cheese and onion rings. The entrees will be classic, and will include a blackboard list of all the fish in house that day, which you can request be prepared however you like.

The restaurant closes Sunday, and McKiernan hopes to be open again in three weeks.

The 411 on Morgans.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. Wow! Can’t wait to try it. After the gorgeous face lift to Rye Grill I am sure this will be amazing. Thanks. Liz…

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