Racanelli Construction Company Builds H2O Seafood & Sushi Restaurant
on Long Island for Prominent LI Restaurateurs, The Bohlsen Restaurant Group (BRG)



Racanelli Construction Company, Inc. (Melville, NY, www.racanelliconstruction.com), a leading construction management, general contractor and design/build resource for commercial, industrial, retail, medical, pre-engineered and multi-unit residential projects, announced its completion of H2O Seafood & Sushi Restaurant located at 166 West Main Street in East Islip, New York. The restaurant is a property of the Bohlsen Restaurant Group (BRG, Islip, NY). BRG is one of Long Island’s premier restaurateurs whose other restaurants include: Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar and Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington; H2O: Seafood & Sushi in Smithtown; Monsoon: Steak & Sushi in Babylon Village, Tellers: An American Chophouse; and VERACE: True Italian in Islip. Racanelli served as the General Contractor on the project which involved the renovation of a two-story building with a basement.

The renovation consisted of the removal of the building’s exterior siding and roof, which were replaced with new siding and roofing. Additionally, the building’s interior was completed gutted and new finishes were installed. During the course of the project, the restaurant owner and the project designer made the decision to change the interior finishes originally presented in the bid documents. This required Racanelli to meet this challenge and incorporate these modifications into the design.


The décor of H2O Seafood & Sushi Restaurant reflects an attention to detail and custom finishes. The dining area floors feature a 1x1 custom-patterned ceramic tile, while custom wainscoting that was prefinished in the millwork contractor’s shop adorns the restaurant’s walls. Racanelli Construction also installed custom fabricated ceiling beams with piano wire to project a “floating beams” effect


The H2O bar includes a white Carrara marble bar top and custom built stainless steel bar rail. A dimmable lighting system enables the restaurant owners to easily achieve various lighting effects.


On the restaurant’s second floor, Racanelli Construction replaced and raised the ceiling beams to achieve an open, industrial look. The second floor dining area also features a brick wall with a faux built-in fireplace/television.


The project is valued at $2.2 million.


About Racanelli Construction Company, Inc.


With roots dating back five decades ago, Racanelli Construction Company is a family business with a long legacy of commercial/industrial real estate building and development. The company serves its diverse clientele as a construction manager, general contractor or complete design/build resource. The company’s services are applied in the construction of corporate/industrial, healthcare, retail, hospitality/restaurant, educational, residential, religious, storage and pre-engineered buildings. Its highly qualified team of professionals and application of sound business processes with state-of-the-art technologies combine to facilitate high quality, on-time and on-budget projects. Racanelli Construction Company’s long history and impeccable reputation as a high quality builder/developer has earned the company a broad bonding capacity as well as AAA Insurance coverage. Racanelli maintains excellent working relationships with local municipalities, business and civic associations, and elected officials. These relationships accrue considerable benefits to Racanelli’s clients when seeking financing/bonding, zoning approvals and support from the local community. Racanelli Construction Company executives are active members of the local community, serving on nonprofit organizations’ boards and participating in various philanthropic activities.