The empty Route 58 storefront that once housed Ground Round will come to life again next month when Moe’s Southwest Grill moves into the 3,000-square foot space.
On Thursday, Aug. 7, a Moe’s Southwest Grill representative and Tim Murphy, manager of Moe’s Southwest Grill in Rocky Point, both confirmed the Riverhead Moe’s franchise will open Sept. 18 in the so-called Dunkin’ Donuts shopping center next to the rotary.
A preliminary site plan application, which called for interior and exterior renovations to the existing restaurant, was filed earlier this year. Construction is currently taking place.
The Riverhead Moe’s franchise is owned by Guy Constantopolous, who owns the 7-Eleven just across the street from where Moe’s will take up shop, as well as the 7-Elevens in Hampton Bays and East Quogue. He also owns the Moe’s restaurants in Hampton Bays and Rocky Point.
Based in Atlanta, Moe’s Southwest Grill was founded in 2000 and now has more than 500 locations. In a press release, the company describes its restaurants as serving “fresh, made-to-order burritos and Southwest fare in a fun and laid-back environment” and says it’s best known for its “burritos packed with a choice of more than 20 fresh, flavorful ingredients.”
The menu also features kids, vegetarian and low-calorie options, all served with free chips and salsa, a company spokesperson said.
with Tim Gannon