A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Downtown Riverhead is about to come alive … with the dead.
From the Headless Horseman, to a(nother) re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” to beating hearts below wooden floorboards and all things Edgar Allan Poe, if it’s spooky, it’ll be on Main Street this weekend.
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Brian Gurley behind the counter at the soon-to-open “Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza” in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Brian Gurley is hoping the people of eastern Long Island, long-accostumed to the convenience of gooey, piping hot to-go pizzas, will embrace a West Coast approach to takeout.
His venture, Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza, is expected to open on East Main Street in Riverhead by the end of the month, he said. Unlike a traditional New York pizzeria, the eatery makes fresh, uncooked pies to be cooked at home or frozen for later.
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Leroy Hines, co-owner of J&L’s Chicken, Fish and Ribs, behind the grill at the Riverhead Country Fair on Sunday. (Credit: Rachel Young)
J&L’s Chicken, Fish and Ribs fed a steady stream of customers from its tent Sunday on the Peconic Riverfront at the Riverhead Country Fair.
Anyone who didn’t have the chance to the taste their food Sunday is in luck: J&L’s will open a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Riverhead at the location of the former Kratoville’s Luncheonette in the next few weeks, co-owner Leroy Hines said.
The inside of PeraBell in Patchogue Saturday. The owners plan to open a Riverhead location this spring. (Credit: Rachel Young)
East Main Street in Riverhead reminds restaurateur John Peragine of how downtown Patchogue looked around a decade ago, he said.
“It has the same kind of feel to it,” he said. (more…)
Sean Peyton, 8, of Riverhead with neighbor Willie Walker. (Photos by Katharine Schroeder)
The Riverhead recreation department held its 17th annual snapper tournament along the Peconic riverfront on Saturday morning.
Because of the recent rains, the fish weren’t biting as much as in years past, but several people managed to hook a snapper or two. The fish were measured and thrown back into the water. (more…)
Parto’s (inset) is under new ownership. Claudio (left) and Joe Sciara from Uncle Joe’s pizzeria have taken over. (Credit: Paul Squire)
The oval sign above the front door of the West Main Street pizzeria still says Parto’s, and it’ll stay that way for a while, said new manager Claudio Sciara.
But once the new menu is set up, the staff gets settled in and the town’s permits go through, that sign will come down, replaced by a new one showing the popular eatery’s new ownership: Uncle Joe’s.
Joe Sciara, Claudio’s father and owner of Uncle Joe’s, closed a sale to buy the pizzeria from previous owner and chef Frank Spatola Wednesday, and immediately took over.
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A Riverhead Town Police officer responded to a downtown Riverhead deli just after 1 a.m. Sunday after someone thought they saw a child left alone in a car, according to a police report. (more…)
Nick Raynor of Riverhead at last year’s snapper tournament. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)
The 17th annual Spanner Tournament along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead is set for Sept. 27. Hosted by the Riverhead Town Recreation Department, the tournament’s goal is to get get more people into fishing while also raising money for the Riverhead Recreation Department Scholarship Fund.
The tournament is split into two divisions: adults (16&over) and youth (under-16). A rod and reel will be awarded to the first-place winner in each division. And trophies are handed out to the top three finishers in each division.
The first 100 people to register receive a free T-shirt. To pre-register, call 727-5744, ext. 0, visit the website at www.riverheadrecreation.com or go in person to the department at 55 Columbus Ave. in Riverhead.
The tournament begins at 11 a.m. On-site registration starts one hour earlier. The tournament runs until 3 p.m.
Anglers must supply their own rod & reel and bait.
There will also be a Chinese auction for prizes donated by local businesses, which starts at 3:15 p.m.