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Home Restuarant Changes Hands, Shinns Go Back to LI

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Robert Simonson on his blog Off the Presses reports that Cornelia Street elder statesman Home has been sold. Its original owners, David Page and Barbara Shinn, are going to focus on their North Fork winery, Shinn Estate Vineyards, and cut out their regular commute from Long Island to the Manhattan restaurant.

Home is a favorite among the West Village set, and, of particular note, Calvin Trillin, who has had the restaurant as the first stop on his New Yorker festival Come Hungry. It's possible new owners will maintain the charm of the place, but locals to have to be a tad worried. Simonson's dining room report from yesterday, in which the wine list takes the first hit:

Some friends and I dropped by Home, the Greenwich Village restaurant, the other night for a casual dinner. I've always had a soft spot for the cozy Cornelia Street place, not just because of the comfort foot and snug atmosphere, but because of the eatery's special connection to the wine world. It was founded in 1993 by David Page and Barbara Shinn, the people who own the fantastic Shinn Estate Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island. Because of that, they've always carried a nice array of New York State wines, taking the localism trend in restaurants to its natural end.

So I was surprised when, asking for the wine list, we were handed a dinky thing with about 10 bottles on it, none of them by Shinn. I had been looking forward to a nice Shinn Merlot. "Where's the Shinn?" I asked the waitress. She said they were out.

· You Can't Go Home Again [Off the Presses]

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