New bar in the works for downtown Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Town Board will be considering a special permit for a tavern at 155 Griffing Avenue, just north of West Main Street.

Another bar may be coming to downtown Riverhead.

The Town Board has scheduled a public hearing on Roberto Marroquin’s application for a special permit to undertake interior renovations on an existing building at 155 Griffing Avenue for a “tavern.”

The Sept. 5 public hearing is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. in Riverhead Town Hall.

Mr. Marroquin is president of Rosa’s Cafe, Inc., doing business as Michelle’s Cafe, according to the application.

The property is zoned Downtown Center-1, a category that allows a tavern only with a special permit from the town.

The town code defines “tavern” as “any building or use commonly known as a ‘bar,’ ‘barroom,’ ‘tavern,’ ‘saloon,’ ’cabaret,’ or ‘nightclub’; a place or building where intoxicating liquors are sold to be drunk on the premises; a room containing a bar or counter at which liquors are sold or where liquors and refreshments are sold; or a room or place of entertainment where live music, live performances or films are permitted in conjunction with the sale of liquors.”

The building is across the street from the Verizon building on Griffing Avenue.

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