Hyatt gets set for Friday grand opening in Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Hyatt Place East End on East Main Street gets prepped Thursday for its grand opening ceremony.

The Hyatt Place East End at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center (formerly Atlantis Marine World) will be opening Friday.

It will also mark the first day the complex’s new, 5,000-square-foot Exhibition Center will be open for business, with an exhibit called Butterflies and Birds.

“This new $24 million three-prong expansion allows visitors and businesses alike to jump on in and test the waters with a 28,000-square-foot Sea Star Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 450 guests, a 70,000-square-foot, 100 room and suite Hyatt Place hotel, and the highly anticipated Long Island Exhibition Center,” according to a release issued by the complex’s ownership group, Atlantis Holdings.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Check back Friday at for coverage, which will include a photo tour of the new hotel and exhibit space.