BRISTOL – Oasis Restaurant has a new owner, a new menu and it will soon have a new name as it shifts to more gourmet offerings.
The restaurant at 782 Pine St., started by the Theodoropoulos family 29 years ago, was sold to Pete Pavlidis two weeks ago after the original owners retired. Pavlidis, who comes from New York, has 33 years of experience in the restaurant business and aims to offer residents a “gourmet dining experience” with the family-owned restaurant.
“The restaurant business is a part of my DNA; it doesn’t feel like work to me,” he said. “I’ve been working in restaurants with my family since I was a kid.”
Pavlidis said that while the restaurant no longer has pizza, people can expect a variety of new menu items including specials three times a day. The menu features Asian foods, traditional Americana like meatloaf and “a lot of salmon” and “high-end fish” – all with a “New York flair.” There will be all day breakfast – featuring a variety of eggs benedict offerings, gourmet pancakes and French toast made with Challah bread. There will also be gourmet salads, specialty milkshakes, wines by the glass and by the bottle, and a tap with eight beers including IPAs (India Pale Ale).
Pavlidis said that the restaurant makes all of its own gravy and salad dressing fresh, in-house every day.
As part of the change of ownership, the restaurant will eventually be renamed The Bell City Diner. Pavlidis also plans to “spruce up” the restaurant with interior renovations, which will include adding a dinner bar.
“We’ve repainted the outside and there will be a new sign tomorrow,” said Pavlidis on Monday. “We’ll be putting up awnings next week. We’re putting a lot of work in and we’re keeping the staff while adding some new people to the roster. We hope everyone will support us and give us a try. We’re doing a lot different and we won’t just be your typical diner.”
The restaurant’s hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Pavlidis said that a new website will be up soon. People can follow the restaurant on Facebook at facebook.com/oasisrestaurantbristol.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.