04/22/14 4:54pm
An orange sign on the locked door of Blue Agave Mexican Grill announcing that the restaurant was seized Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

An orange sign on the locked door of Blue Agave Mexican Grill announcing that the restaurant was seized Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

State tax officials shut down an East Main Street burrito joint Tuesday afternoon for failing to pay thousands of dollars in state sales taxes — but the restaurant’s owner told the News-Review he’s going to pay back the state Department of Taxation and Finance and that the eatery won’t be closed for long.

“I’m working with them now, and it’s going to be reopened definitely next week,” owner Ken Loo said.

The doors of Blue Agave Mexican Grill, which opened in 2012 and had, of late, only accepted cash payments, were locked Tuesday afternoon. Customers were greeted by multiple bright orange signs informing them that the property had been “seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in the possession of New York State.”

According to the state tax warrant system, five tax liens have been filed against the restaurant since 2012, four of which are current — totaling $13,804. A New York State Tax Assessment spokesperson said that, in order for the restaurant to reopen, Mr. Loo will need to pay a total of $8,187 for nonpayments from 2013.

Mr. Loo — who also runs the sushi restaurant Haiku out of the same East Main Street building as Blue Agave as well as the Hy Ting Chinese restaurant on West Main Street — said he had to focus his attention on the Birchwood restaurant after his brother James, who owned and operated the Polish Town bar, died suddenly in January.

Mr. Loo said he discovered Birchwood was five weeks behind on payroll.

“I had to pay those guys,” he said. “A lot of things I can live with, like owing the state money. But I can’t owe people that have been working there for 30 years and not give them their paychecks.”

In addition to the money owed from Blue Agave, two liens totaling $13,659 were filed against Hy Ting and one for $14,149 was filed against Haiku, according to state records.

Mr. Loo said he had been in the process of paying for the taxes owed by Hy Ting and Haiku, and had a year to pay off the Blue Agave’s lien, but instead chose to use the money at Birchwood to “keep it afloat.”

When the deadline for Blue Agave’s payments came and went, the state stepped in.

Finding that tax agents had seized the restaurant and changed the locks was no surprise, Mr. Loo said.

“They change the locks and, when you give them the money, they give you the key,” he said.

He told the News-Review he would pay the state taxes in full to reopen the restaurant and was confident that, despite a “brutal” winter, the eatery would survive.

“I don’t want to see that place go,” he said. “It’s going to be open again … All three are still going to be there.”


04/19/14 12:00pm
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Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week over 65 positions are available from restaurant help, to a mason, to sailing instructors.

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Check out the listings below:

A-TECH: Needed for independent repair shop. Electrical expertise essential. Must have tools and transportation. Call 631-727-5200 or apply in person at 1290 Flanders Road, Riverhead.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/OFFICE MANAGER: Manage all aspects of busy design office. Assist owner/design team on all levels. Ideal candidate should have strong organizational skills and strong computer (Microsoft Office/ Excel, etc.) skills, knowledge of gen- erating purchase orders and follow-up. Room for growth. Separate retail position available. Send cover letter/ resume to designatthebarn@gmail.com

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING INSTALLERS: F/T. Mechanic/ helper needed. Shelter Island-based company. Serving the Shelter Island and the South Fork. 631-681-2288.

AIRLINE CAREERS: Begin here get FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician training. Financial aid for qualified students. Housing available. Job placement assistance. Call AIM 866-296-7093. (N)

ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGER: F/T, for our individual residential alternative. Bachelor’s degree required, plus minimum 1 year experience working with the MR/DD population. On-call responsibilities. Little Flower Children and Family Services. Fax resume to 631-929-6203 or email wadingriver-jobs@lfchild.org EOE

BAKERY POSITIONS: Front counter, porters, drivers, baker’s helper, decorators, packers. Apply at any Blue Duck Bakery locations: Southampton, Southold, Riverhead, Greenport. 631-629-4123.

BARNYARD CHILDREN’S FARM HOST: Seasonal June-October. Customer service and animal care position. Weekends a must. Email resume to beth.harbesfarm@gmail.com.

BOOKKEEPER: P/T, 2- 3 days/ week. Experience a must for small painting company in Hampton Bays. Send resume to gilberconstruction@gmail.com

BOOKKEEPER: P/T, Monday-Thursday. For inventory control and billing. 516-807-5011.

CARPENTER/ASSISTANT: For Riverhead builder/developer. Shop/ field work. Must have minimum 2 years’ experience. English-speaking a plus. Please email your experience/ salary requirements to: mrfish4430@aol.com or glenn.callahan@me.com

CARPENTER/LABORER: F/T, Experienced preferred. 631-765-1910.

CLEANING STAFF: P/T, seasonal for cleaning company. Must be experienced. North Fork. 631-765-9420.

CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR/DRAFTSPERSON: P/T, F/T. Residential experience helpful. 631-734-7455.

COUNSELOR: P/T, weekends, Saturday-Sunday, 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. Experience working in similar setting or with people with mental illness required. Must have a valid driver’s license. Shoreham, N.Y. Send resume to careers@concernhousing.org

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE: F/T, for busy local insurance agency. Heavy phone volume/customer contact. Must have excellent customer service/computer skills. Property/casualty license and Spanish bilingual a plus. Send resume to: Times/Review Newsgroup, P.O. Box 1500, Box A, Mattituck, NY 11952.

DELIVERY DRIVER: for NYC/LI. Must have clean driver’s license. Call Ron, 516-807-5011.

DIESEL/HEAVY-EQUIPMENT MECHANIC: Heated shop. Must have own tools/transportation. 516- 458-7328.

DOCK BUILDER: F/T, year round. Experienced. Driver’s license required. South Shore. Benefits. 516- 458-7328.

DRAFTSPERSON/CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR: P/T, F/T. Residential experience helpful. 631-734-7455.

DRIVER: for Sprinter Van. Early 3 a.m. start. Baiting Hollow to Sag Harbor and NYC. Clean driver’s license required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Email resume to, Pierpont Blossom Farm, pbfarm@optonline.net.

DRIVER: Roll-off experience only. Clean CDL required. Immediate start. 631-298-8600.

DRIVERS: 1-and .75-ton pickup trucks to deliver RVs. $750 sign-on bonus, 4 terminals and 8 backhaul locations. Call 866-764-1601 or www.foremosttransport.com (N)

DRIVERS: P/T, F/T. Clean CDL license to deliver plants. In the NYC metropolitan area. Applicants must be responsible/willing to offer good customer service. Bilingual a plus. For details call, 631-734-6911.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE POSITION: F/T, P/T, seasonal. Horticulture professional with experience/ knowledge of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs and small garden main- tenance. An organized, efficient self-starter with excellent communication skills. Must enjoy working outdoors. Please contact Debbie, 631-871-6671 or send resume to meadow2@optonline.net

GREENPORT RESORT POSITIONS: F/T, P/T, various openings. Weekends/holidays a must! Good communication skills necessary. Apply in person, Sound View Inn and Restaurant.

HANDYMAN: P/T, after 4 p.m. or weekends. For 3-story house in Riverhead. Includes painting/land- scaping. Very neat/organized preferred. $13.00/hour. 631-779-2905.

HVAC INSTALLATION MECHANICS/HELPERS: Grant Heat- ing and Cooling in East Hampton. Must have valid driver’s license. Experience preferred but willing to train viable candidates. Benefits available. Send resume to: nick@granthvac.com or fax: 631- 324-7982.

HVAC MECHANIC: Minimum 5 years’ experience. Installation and piping. Salary commensurate with experience. Email activeairsys@aol.com

INTERNSHIP: For Historic Films, a documentary producer/film archive in Greenport. A commitment of at least 2 days/week for 8 weeks or longer. Unpaid but travel stipend. Send information/resume to anthea@historicfilms.com

IRRIGATION HELPER: Own transportation required. 631-722-8285.

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE POSITION: F/T. Must have valid driver’s license. Salary based on experience. Inquire within. 631-734-7923.

MAINTENANCE FOREMAN: 3 years’ experience (lawn mowing, hedge shearing, pruning, snow removal). Clean NYS driver’s license. Excellent communication skills a must. Email resume info@billfoxgrounds.com, 631-765- 3130.

MARINA HELP: Now hiring workers to prepare boats for launch. Cleaning, waxing, yard work. Coecles Harbor Marina, Shelter Island. Nancy, 631-749-0700, reservations@chmb.net

MARINE TECHNICIAN: Premier Grady-White dealer seeks F/T, year-round reliable person with minimum 3 years’ experience to join our service team. Candidate should be familiar with all aspects of marine repairs, have working knowledge of: Yamaha outboards, stern drives, in-boards. Competitive salary, great benefits package, paid training. Please call our service team, 631- 765-2445 or email your resume to rob@poemarine.com.

MARINE TECHNICIAN: Career opportunity for skilled, detail-oriented technician with at least 5 years’ experience. Competitive earnings package including health benefits, profit sharing and 401(k). Fully equipped, comfortable shop environment. Ongoing factory training provided to encourage growth. Many employees have been with us 10- plus years or more! Build your career with us at Strong’s Marine. Mattituck location. Email resume to jeff@strongsmarine.com or call 631- 298-4770, ext. 23.

MASONRY FOREMAN: Working foreman. Qualified candidates should possess 5 years’ experience directing and managing crews of 3- 5 workers. Working with stone veneer and dry-layed stone walls, custom-cut stone installations, retaining walls, etc. Salary/benefits package relative to experience and ability. Email resume to jobs@sevensonsinc.com

MASONRY LABORERS: Driver’s license a plus. Salary relative to ex- perience and ability. Call 631-329-9373.

MECHANIC: F/T, P/T. Clean driver’s license, own tools, marine background preferred. Willing to train motivated individual. Please call 631-734-4278.

MONITORS: For Westhampton Beach UFSD. Substitute positions also available for teacher’s aides, nurses, clerical, custodial, food service. Fax resume, 631-288-6509.

PAINTER’S HELPER: Must be reliable, have driver’s license. 631- 495-6826.

PAINTERS: F/T, 0-5 years’ experience. Must have valid driver’s license/own vehicle. Arthur Hackert Painting, 631-878-5804.

PEST CONTROL TECHNICIAN: F/T, will train right candidate. Must have driver’s license. 631-478-2918.

PLUMBERS/MECHANICS: F/T, year round. Clean license. Salary based on experience. Benefits available. Call Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., 631-728-6347.

PLUMBING TECHNICIAN/OIL BURNER SERVICE: F/T. Minimum 5 years’ experience. Clean driver’s license. Experience preferred with oil burner service. Benefits/profit sharing. Mattituck Plumb- ing, 631-298-8393.

RECEPTIONISTS: for front desk. Answer phones/greet visitors. Out- going/friendly. Excellent salary. Riverhead area. s.warner@yourstaffingserviceonline.com

RESTAURANT POSITIONS: Barback/busser. P/T, Saturdays/Sun-days, for Vines and Hops Cafe. Call 631-369-3100, after 4 p.m.

RESTAURANT POSITIONS: F/T, for high volume seasonal restaurant. Prep/line cooks, dish washers. Email chefbb.salt@gmail.com

RESTAURANT HELP: Host/hostess, bartenders, kitchen prep, waitstaff. Porto Bello. Email: diana@portobellonorthfork.com or call: 631-477-1515.

RESTAURANT STAFF: F/T, P/T, line cook, prep/helper, waitstaff, bartenders. Call 631-477-0472.

RESTAURANT POSITIONS: F/T, P/T. Host/hostess, waitstaff, bartenders, line cook. For Orient by the Sea. Call 631-323-2424.

RESTAURANT POSITIONS: Grand-opening, new restaurant in Mattituck. Looking for experienced bartenders, servers, chefs, line cooks, dishwashers and drivers with clean license’s. Contact Sandra, 208-709- 5269 or 631-315-5311.

RESTAURANT HELP: F/T, P/T, year round. Host/hostess, bar backs. Experience preferred but will train. 631-734-5123.

RETAIL GREETING CARD MERCHANDISERS: As a member of our team, you will ensure the greeting card department is merchandised and maintained to provide customers the best selection of cards and products to celebrate life’s events. Join the American Greetings family today by applying online at www.WorkatAG.com or call 1-888-323-4192.

RN: F/T, for our intermediate care facility. Experience working with MR/DD population required. Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading River, N.Y. Fax resume to 631-929-6203 or send to wadingriver-jobs@lfchild.org. EOE

SAILING INSTRUCTORS: Sum- mer 2014. Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett seeks F/T sailing instructors for June through August 2014. Our sailing students range in age from 7- 15 years old. Recreational and competitive lessons are taught on Optimists and C420s. Instructors must have current CPR and First Aid and must have or be able to obtain US Sailing small boat level 1 certification. Experience preferred. Great pay plus additional income from lessons and big-boat crewing. Please email your resume to: employment@devonyc.com

SALES REPRESENTATIVE: Outside sales calling on new and existing builders, architects and landscapers. Minimum 5 years’ sales experience. Salary, commission and bonus. Send resume to: jcm@oceanspraypoolsandspas.com (S)

SAMPLE MAKER: For piece work. Understanding of basic clothing construction and finishing techniques a must. Work at home or in our shop. 516-532-6250.

SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS EDITOR: For Times/Review Newsgroup. Will also serve as editor of the company’s lifestyle blog, Northforker.com. Strong feature writing and photography skills and knowledge of the North Fork’s food, wine and real estate industries are a must. A minimum of five years’ experience in print and web journalism is required. The editor should also expect to work nights and weekends covering events. The ideal candidate would have experience managing social media feeds and a working knowledge of WordPress and Photoshop. Competitive salary. Email resume to gparpan@timesreview.com. No phone calls, please. E.O.E. m/f/d/v

STONE MASONS: Experience with stone veneer and dry-layed stone walls. High level of attention to de- tail necessary. Driver’s license a plus. Salary relative to experience and ability. Email resume to jobs@sevensonsinc.com

STORE MANAGER: Immediate opening for Southold location. For more information, call 631-897- 7318.

STORE POSITIONS: Seasonal sales staff/managers for a fast-growing lifestyle apparel brand, Local Knit. Greenport location. Please email pete@localknit.com for more information.

SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER: For Riverhead Central School District. Willingness and abil- ity to work flexible hours. High school diploma/GED. Valid/clean NYS driver’s license, fingerprint clearance eligibility. Applicants with CDL Class B license, air brake, pas- senger and school bus endorsements preferred. Must be physically able to pass mandatory NYS driver physical performance test. Good written/verbal communication skills. $20.14/ hour. All interested applicants must call Amala Cain, Transportation Supervisor, 631-369-6720. EOE

SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS MONITOR: For Riverhead Central School District. Willingness and ability to work flexible hours. High school diploma/GED, NYSED fingerprint clearance eligibility. Must be physically able to pass mandatory physical performance test. Supervise students in a courteous but firm manner in order to provide a safe atmos- phere. Good written/verbal communication skills. All interested applicants must call Amala Cain, Transportation Supervisor, 631-369-6720. EOE

SUMMER STAFF: Peconic Dunes 4-H Camp is now hiring office staff, store manager, cook, RN or EMT and housekeepers. For a complete list of positions and to download an application go to http://ccesuffolk.org/employment-and-volunteer-opportunities or call Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County, 631-852-8624. EOE

TREE WORKER: NYS driver’s license required. Experience a plus. Removals, pruning, planting. Call 631-323-3509.

TRUCK DRIVER: F/T, P/T. End of April-June. Must be able to read a map, use GPS, be at least 21 years of age and possess a clean driving record. Please call 631-298-1837 or email contact@bedsandborders.com

WINDOW CLEANER: F/T, P/T. Experienced professional. 2 years’ experience minimum. $14/hour to start. 631-591-1863.

04/18/14 10:30am
04/18/2014 10:30 AM
Route 24 in Riverside. Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst signed an agreement Tuesday with Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns to lead planning and development efforts. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Route 24 in Riverside. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Southampton Town has signed a contract with a “master developer” as part of a multi-pronged approach of revitalizing the long-beleaguered Riverside area that’s just a short walk away from downtown Riverhead, which has made its own strides as of late.

The development firm, Renaissance Downtowns of Plainview, has also leased office space on Peconic Avenue and is advertising for local employees to man the office. (more…)

04/17/14 11:41am
04/17/2014 11:41 AM
Ordering at a SONIC. (Credit: Creative Commons stock art)

Ordering at a SONIC. (Credit: Creative Commons stock art)

The popular Sonic fast food chain is eyeing Riverhead Town for a new location.

A modern twist on the classic 1950s-style drive-in, the only Sonic restaurant on Long Island is on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon. When it opened in April 2011, regional and local media reported lines of cars on the busy thoroughfare waiting to to eat.

At a public Town Board work session Thursday, Riverhead planning officials said the company, which was founded in 1953 with a string of Oklahoma root beer stands called Top Hat, is now eyeing a location within town — though it hasn’t found one yet.

Click to read the News-Review live blog from Thursday’s Town Board work session for more information.

There is currently a second Long Island Sonic restaurant proposed for Nesonset near the Smith Haven Mall, where the company successfully reversed a Smithtown ZBA ruling denying the project from moving forward, according in Newsday.

04/14/14 8:00am
Jeanne Scott (far right) with her daughters and grandchildren (from left) Julie Murphy with daughter Sophie Murphy, 9 months, of Penn., Katie Scott Ryan of Riverhead, Rebecca Riccio of South Jamesprt, (Jeanne Scott) holding Dylan Ryan 15 months outside the business founded 37 years ago. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Jeanne Scott, right, holding her grandchild, Dylan Ryan, outside Landscape Adventure in Jamesport. Pictured with her daughters, from left, Julie Murphy holding her daughter, Sophie, Katie Scott Ryan and Rebecca Riccio. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jeanne Scott, owner of Landscape Adventure in Northville, remembers a time when the supermarket didn’t carry flowers and big-box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot — with all their plants and garden products — didn’t exist.