11/21/14 2:41pm
Workers at a farm off Sound Avenue in Riverhead in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Workers at a farm off Sound Avenue in Riverhead in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Business owners in local sectors long dependent on immigrant labor offered mixed views Friday on President Barack Obama’s executive action that will allow temporary worker status to millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

While most farmers, winery and restaurant owners interviewed welcomed the policy shift, several had reservations on how it came about. (more…)

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
03/17/2014 1:54 PM

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Northforker.com presents our latest “Experience North Fork” Giveaway. We are giving away great prizes through rafflecopter, which means you “like,” “follow,” “pin” or “join” to enter to win. To increase your odds, re-tweet the giveaway and earn double the entries. We welcome our newest partner, Scrimshaw Restaurant. (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…)

02/08/14 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…)