12/23/14 5:39pm
Brian Zimmerman inspects his barley crop on Twomey Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Brian Zimmerman inspects his barley crop on Twomey Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Already being hailed as a “fanatic idea” for the local craft beer industry, plans are in the works to bring Long Island’s first malted barley production facility to Riverhead by the summer.

In the coming months, the Brian Zimmerman is hoping to find a location in Riverhead where he could establish the Island’s first malt house, which is considered a missing component to the region’s emerging craft breweries and their goals of using all locally grown products.

Zimmerman, the owner of Z’ Barrel House, said the company is looking to grow and process its own barley, rye and wheat for area breweries by July.

And he’s already planted the seeds.

Read more at northforker.com.

12/21/14 2:00pm
A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)

A medical marijuana distribution facility in the San Fernando Valley, California. (Credit: Laurie Avocado, Wikimedia)

While it is not likely to take effect until 2016, New York State is one step closer to allowing patients access to medical marijuana, and that could open the door for a distribution center on the East End.

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12/03/14 8:00am
Anel Barreto opened up her restaurant with business partner Maria Veliz last Friday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Anel Barreto opened up her restaurant with business partner Maria Veliz last Friday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A year and a half after her Main Street business was ruined in a fire that also destroyed Athens Grill, Flanders resident Anel Barreto has opened her first restaurant across the street in downtown Riverhead. (more…)