07/19/14 10:00am
07/19/2014 10:00 AM
Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Jasmin Diaz-Leal is no stranger to the local food industry.

Her parents, George and Justina Rojas, own Mexico Lindo, a grocery store featuring Hispanic products in Riverhead, and the Mexican restaurant El Rodeo in East Moriches.

So it comes as no surprise that when Julia’s Pizzeria on East Main Street closed its doors recently, Ms. Diaz-Leal and her husband, Edgar, jumped at the chance to lease the space and open their own authentic Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo. The eatery opened two weeks ago.

“I had been working with my mom for three years now and going to school at the same time,” said Ms. Diaz-Leal, who graduated from Southampton High School in 2005 and earned a degree in criminal justice last year from Suffolk County Community College. “The opportunity came to open my own restaurant, I got the blessing from my parents and now I have it.”

Ms. Diaz-Leal, who lives in Riverhead and has a 7-year-old son, Edgar Jr., and a 6-month old daughter, Khloe, with Mr. Diaz-Leal, a San Diego native who grew up in Toluca, Mexico, does most of the cooking at their 15-seat eatery, whose name roughly translates to “Beautiful sky taco restaurant.”

The menu features dishes influenced by cuisine that is popular in Toluca, which is an hour from Mexico City, and Puebla, in the center of Mexico.

There are quesadillas, tacos and burritos, yes. But there are more unusual offerings, too, like sopa Aztec, a soup made with fried tortillas, avocado chunks, pork rinds, cheese and sour cream.

There are also tortas, sandwiches made on Portuguese bread with fillings like breaded steak, ham and cheese and chicken tamal.

Ms. Diaz-Leal said the first two weeks Taqueria Cielito Lindo has been open have “been great.”

Her hope, she said, is that “we do great in this restaurant and hopefully can open up more.”

Taqueria Cielito Lindo is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available at the rear of the building on the Peconic Riverfront. For more information, call 631-591-0731.

ryoung@timesreview.com

07/11/14 8:00am
07/11/2014 8:00 AM

Industry leaders describe the brown leafy vegetable as salty, sweet, firm and gluten-free, although it can take on different textures depending on preparation techniques. In April, kelp grown by Bren Smith in Connecticut’s Long Island Sound waters was served at a White House dinner — a first, he said, for domestically cultivated kelp.  (more…)

05/19/14 10:00am
05/19/2014 10:00 AM
Credit: Vera Chinese  Ken Loo behind the Birchwood on Pulaski Street in Polish Town.

Ken Loo behind the bar at Birchwood on Pulaski Street in Polish Town. Mr. Loo’s five restaurants will soon offer a free online delivery service. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Starting Monday May 19, hungry Riverhead residents can visit Riverheadtogo.com or call 591-3885 and have anything delivered from one of downtown restaurateur Ken Loo’s five eateries within the hour. (more…)

02/15/14 8:00am
02/15/2014 8:00 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two Goldberg's Famous Bagels stores — one in Riverhead and one in Mattituck (pictured) — will open this spring, owner Mark Goldberg said Friday.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two Goldberg’s Famous Bagels stores — one in Riverhead and one in Mattituck (pictured) — will open this spring, owner Mark Goldberg said Friday.

The owner of Goldberg’s Famous Bagels said the two new stores he’s launching on the North Fork — the first in downtown Riverhead, the second in Mattituck — will both be open by May 1. (more…)

02/12/14 2:02pm
02/12/2014 2:02 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Bean and Bagel co-owner Joanne Leibold at the Calverton restaurant Wednesday morning.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Bean and Bagel co-owner Joanne Leibold at the Calverton restaurant Wednesday morning.

Warning: don’t be fooled by the name ‘Bean N’ Bagel Café.’

Though the eatery on Route 25 in Calverton currently offers a variety of foods well beyond those in the restaurant’s title, the Bean N’ Bagel will soon be offering even more: specifically, pizza.

(more…)

02/11/14 2:19pm
02/11/2014 2:19 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | North Fork Chocolate Company owner Ann Corley, right, with executive chef Steve Amaral at their Tanger Outlets location Tuesday.

North Fork Chocolate Company owner Ann Corley, right, with executive chef Steve Amaral at their Tanger Outlets location Tuesday. (Rachel Young photo)

North Fork Chocolate Company’s temporary lease at the Tanger Outlets food court in Riverhead expires this month, owner Ann Corley said Tuesday, but the Calverton-based artisanal sweets manufacturer has no plans to leave the mall altogether. (more…)

12/13/13 10:47am
12/13/2013 10:47 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The opening of Buffalo Wild Wings has been delayed.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The opening of Buffalo Wild Wings has been delayed.

Buffalo Wild Wings didn’t open Dec. 9 as planned — and the restaurant’s general manager, Andrew Schuett, said Friday morning he doesn’t know when it will.

“At the moment we don’t have an opening date,” he said. “We’re fully functional; we’re just waiting for the ‘OK’ [from the landlord].”

Mr. Schuett declined further comment.

Despite not opening on schedule, Mr. Schuett did hand out vouchers on Monday morning as the restaurant had planned, entitling a number of customers who lined up early to six free wings a week for an entire year.

A popular casual eatery with headquarters in Minneapolis and locations across Long Island, the Riverhead Buffalo Wild Wings is located in a shopping center just east of Riverhead Raceway. The plaza is also home to a recently-opened Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Christmas Tree Shops. Starbucks, Aldi and The Vitamin Shoppe — all located in the same shopping center — are scheduled to open in the next few months.

ryoung@timesreview.com

12/02/13 9:00am
12/02/2013 9:00 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Stephen Prisco, the new owner of Wine Country Delicatessen and Caterers in Calverton.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Stephen Prisco, the new owner of Wine Country Delicatessen and Caterers in Calverton.

Location, location, location. Three delis in the Calverton-Wading River area have new owners and all of them say their locations have a lot to offer in the way of business opportunity.

“You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that there’s a lot going on in downtown Riverhead,” said Stephen Prisco, the new owner of Wine Country Delicatessen and Caterers in Calverton. Before Mr. Prisco took over in October, the deli, which sits on Middle Country Road across from Riverhead Charter School, was known as Farm View Deli.

“I’m assuming there’s going to be a lot of traffic on this road in the coming years,” he said.  “It seems to be an up-and-coming area.”

Mr. Prisco, of Manorville, has decades of deli experience and also owns Mastic Sports Deli and Caterers. He operates the new venture with his daughter, Kristina, who said they have added catering services.

“We’re a family business,” Mr. Prisco said.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Adam Nedvin, the new owner of Wading River Delicatessen on Route 25A.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Adam Nedvin, the new owner of Wading River Delicatessen on Route 25A.

Just a few miles away, Adam Nedvin is settling into his new role as co-owner of Wading River Deli, located in a busy Route 25A shopping center.

“Business is great,” Mr. Nedvin said while fulfilling lunch orders on a recent weekday afternoon. “It has a great clientele. People have been coming here forever.”

An Allstate Insurance agent, Mr. Nedvin, also of Manorville, has owned the deli with his brother-in-law, Thomas Rae, since the end of August.

“I’ve been coming here for years and thought it was a great opportunity,” Mr. Nedvin said, adding that he and Mr. Rae, who owned a deli a number of years ago, “found out it was for sale and took a chance.”

As co-owners, Mr. Nedvin and Mr. Rae have upgraded the deli’s look with granite countertops and new signs.

“We’re just trying to renovate it a little, bring it up-to-date,” Mr. Nedvin said. The menu at Wading River Deli will also be expanded.

“We’re going to have more specialty sandwiches and homemade salads,” Mr. Rae said, adding that nothing will be cut from the existing offerings. “We also have a brand new catering menu coming out.”

The theme of change continues at Angelo’s Bakery Pizza in Wading River, where Andrew Anker assumed ownership only a couple of weeks ago.

“We’re going to look at other things people in the community want,” said Mr. Anker, an East Patchogue native who expects to relocate to Shoreham after 30 years in Maryland, where he owned a variety of businesses.

“We haven’t cut anything from the menu; we’re only adding to it,” he said. “We’re going to expand our offerings to additional grocery items, healthy foods, comfort foods and prepared foods, like pastas and lasagnas.”

The desire to be closer to his Long Island relatives was one reason Mr. Anker said he chose to buy Angelo’s. The other, he said, was its location on Hulse Landing Road, across the street from Wildwood State Park.

“I was looking for a good opportunity to run a business and also be close to family,” he said. “Angelo’s is a great seasonal business.”

ryoung@timesreview.com