BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead residents Carrie Savonije (from left), Wayne Piaskowski, and Don and Erika Miller toast to the beer sampler they were going to share in a tasting, which included beers from Long Ireland Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewery and Southampton Publik House, in the new North Fork Tasting room Saturday afternoon. It had its grand opening party at Baiting Hollow Commons Friday evening.
There’s a new place in town for North Fork food and wine lovers.
The North Fork Tasting Room, located in the same shopping center as Lobster Roll Northside and the Gingerbread Factory in Baiting Hollow, opened its doors Saturday afternoon. Owner Fred Terry said the store is a “labor of love” that will introduce new local wines to tourists and residents alike.
“This will be particularly a conduit for wineries and future breweries that are off the beaten track, because we are on the beaten track,” Mr. Terry said.
In addition to wine sales by the glass, the store will use Lobster Roll Northside’s kitchens to make a variety of Mr. Terry’s family recipes, from huckleberry pies and other baked goods to smoked meats and fish.
“It’s something that I wanted to do since the inception of this [restaurant] and that’s more culinary arts, more food,” he said. “The
tasting room is as much food tasting as it is beverage tasting, for me.”
It will be business as usual at Lobster Roll Northside in Baiting Hollow.
Frederick Terry, the owner of Lobster Roll Northside as well as the shopping center anchored by the popular restaurant, decided not to sell the site to any bidders at an auction last month.
Several bidders requested that Mr. Terry continue to operate the restaurant as a tenant, an arrangement he found “unsatisfactory,” according to a press release issued by the Terry family.
Credited in the American Dictionary of Food and Drink as the inventor of the lobster salad roll, Mr. Terry will continue to run the restaurant, but is still seeking buyers willing to operate the eatery.
He also operates Gingerbread University, which runs gingerbread-decorating workshops, out of the property’s main barn. He’ll continue that and plans to open other shops on the site, including a small bakery, a fudge and candy factory and Lobster Roll/LUNCH, a gourmet seafood eatery.
Mr. Terry is a direct descendent of the original Southold Town settlers, according to the press release. Lobster Roll Northside lies partly on land from his ancestors’ original homestead.
“I guess we’re going to stick around awhile and continue in the food business,” Mr. Terry said in the release. “No sense breaking a 370-year-old family tradition.”