Maryann’s awaiting liquor license; March re-opening planned

02/08/2014 7:00 AM |
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTOS | Maryann's in Wading River is closed while its owner waits for the restaurant to receive its liquor license.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Maryann’s in Wading River is closed while its owner waits for the restaurant to receive its liquor license.

Maryann’s in Wading River is temporarily closed while its owner waits for the restaurant to receive its liquor license — and for the region’s recent deluge of blustery winter weather to ease up.

“We hope to reopen in March,” owner Maryann Iacono said Friday morning. The sit-down restaurant, which formerly housed the Grind Café, had a soft opening last month and served lunch exclusively.

But business at the North Country Road eatery, Ms. Iacono said, just wasn’t good — something she attributes both to poor weather and to not reaching the customers she believes will make the restaurant a success.

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“I really want to offer brunch on the weekend,” she said. “I know the community generates a large brunch crowd. During the week [business] was terrible. But on the weekend, we’re all more relaxed and we can sit and enjoy [a meal].”

Ms. Iacono, a Wading River resident who also works as a real estate agent, said her new plan for Maryann’s, when it reopens, is to serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday and exclusively brunch Saturday and Sunday. She’s also working to construct a bar toward the back of the restaurant.

“We want to do a grand opening and ribbon-cutting,” she said of Maryann’s. “We did that with the Grind Café and were very successful, so we want to do it again.”

ryoung@timesreview.com