Off Main launches soft opening to coincide with Polish Fair

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Off Main owners Kayleigh and Tahir Vliet-Baig outside the Riverhead eatery in June.

Off Main market and kitchen, the New York City-stlye deli and market on Osborn Avenue, had a soft opening Friday and will stay open throughout the Riverhead Polish Town street fair this weekend.

Owners Kayleigh Van Vliet-Baig and her husband, Tahir Baig, say they are now prepping for a Labor Day weekend grand opening.

The downtown Riverhead market and eatery is located in the former Peconic Baking Company building, a bakery which has since moved to Center Moriches and now operating under the name “Sweet Jenni’s Bake Shop.”

The pair said they have not been back to their Riverhead home in the past two days to make sure Friday’s soft opening went off without a hitch. They had originally planned to be open by 6 a.m., but a cash register mishap stalled the opening until 10 a.m. that day.

Off Main was fully open Saturday afternoon with a steady stream of customers shopping, placing orders at the deli counter and eating lunch at tables set up near the front of the store.

“When we started we were just going to open a little deli,” Ms. Van Vliet Baig said, amid taking orders from customers. “It turned into this. And it is going to turn into so much more.”

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