10/11/14 5:25pm
10/11/2014 5:25 PM
The inside of PeraBell in Patchogue Saturday. The owners plan to open a Riverhead location this spring. (Credit: Rachel Young)

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…)

08/14/14 4:00pm
08/14/2014 4:00 PM
Michah Brown, left, store manager at the Riverhead branch of Goldberg's Famous Bagels, and co-worker Rich Ambrose prepare customers' orders Thursday. (Rachel Young photos)

Michah Brown, left, store manager at the Riverhead branch of Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, and co-worker Rich Ambrose prepare customers’ orders Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Just a few days ago, Veronica Meehan of Riverhead was still trekking 20 minutes to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in Southampton once a week to purchase an order of the store’s “flagels” — thin-sliced bagels — for her children to enjoy. (more…)

03/17/14 1:54pm
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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…)

02/08/14 7:00am
02/08/2014 7:00 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTOS | Maryann's in Wading River is closed while its owner waits for the restaurant to receive its liquor license.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Maryann’s in Wading River is closed while its owner waits for the restaurant to receive its liquor license.

Maryann’s in Wading River is temporarily closed while its owner waits for the restaurant to receive its liquor license — and for the region’s recent deluge of blustery winter weather to ease up. (more…)

11/27/13 4:19pm
11/27/2013 4:19 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to open in Riverhead Dec. 9.

COURTESY PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to open in Riverhead Dec. 9.

Work up your appetite, wings fans: the general manager of the new Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 58 in Riverhead said the casual restaurant is slated to open Dec. 9.

“We’re very excited for the opening,” said Andrew Schuett, the general manager of the 6,000-square-foot Riverhead location, which is housed in the easternmost side of the new shopping complex located just east of Riverhead Raceway. “We’re going to bring a little bit of Buffalo Wild Wings to the East End.”

As part of its grand opening, Mr. Schuett said, the restaurant’s first 100 patrons will receive a voucher book entitling them to six free chicken wings a week for a year.

The plaza where Buffalo Wild Wings is located 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

09/07/13 4:00pm
09/07/2013 4:00 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Downtown Riverhead restaurant Cliff's Rendezvous, which closed at the end of June due to damage from a kitchen fire, reopened its doors Sept. 7.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Downtown Riverhead restaurant Cliff’s Rendezvous, which closed at the end of June due to damage from a kitchen fire, reopened its doors Sept. 7.

A little more than two months after a small kitchen fire forced Cliff’s Rendezvous to close its doors, the downtown Riverhead restaurant reopened for business today with little fanfare but heaps of happy customers.

Christina Saunders, whose husband, Cliff Saunders, owns the casual bar and eatery, said Saturday afternoon she and her husband didn’t know until “the last minute” when the restaurant would be able to reopen.

“We had to make sure everything was in place,” she said. “We got all the permits and all the inspections done. Everybody gave us the green light, so as of yesterday we said, ‘That’s it! We can do it.’ We’ve been waiting a very long time.’ ”

A grease fire broke out at the popular restaurant June 25 when, Mr. Saunders said, one of the chefs in the kitchen left a pan of bacon unattended near the oven and boiler. Although it suffered minor damage, a small section of the restaurant’s roof near the chimney was charred as a result of the fire and carpeting in the lower dining room was damaged and needed to be replaced as well, Mr. Saunders said.

While Cliff’s Rendezvous was closed, Ms. Saunders said, she and the crew took time to give the restaurant a deep cleaning and make some repairs. Both the upper and lower dining room’s carpeted floors were replaced with ceramic tile that looks like hardwood flooring.

“We made good use of the time,” she said.

Lou Welsh, who has been the bartender at Cliff’s Rendezvous for the past 17 years, said between customers he was happy the restaurant had reopened.

“It’s been a long time,” he said.

To thank the firefighters who helped extinguish the fire, Ms. Saunders said the restaurant plans to host a dinner for the Riverhead Fire Department Monday evening.

“[The fire] was in the middle of that heat wave and some of the firefighters were in full uniform,” Ms. Saunders said. “We’ve been here a long time and they came out for us, and it’s nice to be able to say thank you.”

ryoung@timesreview.com