Off Main market closes after just one year in business

07/31/2012 8:12 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Off Main owners Kayleigh and Tahir Vliet-Baig outside the Riverhead eatery last year.

After just one year in business, Off Main market and kitchen, the New York City-style deli and market on Osborn Avenue, has closed its doors.

The owners left a status on the store’s Facebook page Tuesday morning that read “Off Main 8/11-8/12.”

“Done. All we can say is, thanks to all our loyal customers, and we hope we’ll meet again,” they later wrote in a comment.

The store was closed on Sunday, a sign on the door said it was due to a family emergency and would reopen the next day. Now it appears the store, loved by many for its eclectic selection of delectable deli sandwiches and tasty baked goods, is closed.

“When we started we were just going to open a little deli,” co-owner Kayleigh Van Vliet Baig told the News-Review on the day the store opened last year. “It turned into this. And it is going to turn into so much more.”

Ms. Van Vliet-Baig and her husband, Tahir Baig, were co-winners of the News-Review’s Business of the Year award in January.

The lights were off at the store Tuesday and nobody was there. The owners could not be reached by telephone.

A man on a bicycle outside the store said: “I come here on my days off. That’s a shame. They’re such nice people.”

gparpan@timesreview.com

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