Year in Business 2018: A look back at the top stories


• Petsmart and Ulta Beauty open at the The Shops at Riverhead on Route 58.


• Goldberg’s Famous Bagels opens its fourth North Fork location in Jamesport. 


• New Marshalls and HomeGoods combo store opens in Riverhead shopping complex near Costco. 

• Backyard Brine opens a Cutchogue tasting room attached to its packaging facility. 

March 11: The roller skating rink at Burton Potter American Legion Post 185 in Greenport reopens for its first public skating session in more than a decade.


• Spicy’s BBQ in Riverhead seized by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for alleged non-payment of sales taxes. 

• South Street home décor shop opens in Greenport.

• Downtown Riverhead restaurant Joe’s Garage and Grill closes and is listed for sale. 

• Reel2Reel opens at 121 Griffing Ave. in Riverhead, featuring clothing and accessories by designer Rashad Lawson.

April 11: BNB Bank officially opens Riverhead branch at 209 Main St.

April 20: Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead and the neighboring estate, known as Big E Farm, sells for $15 million. 


• The Shady Lady reopens as The Lin Beach House in Greenport.

• American Beech in Greenport opens Aqua, a new luxury hotel in Aquebogue.

• Caci Shelter Island opens.

May 5: Claudio’s Clam Bar in Greenport reopens under new ownership. 

May 10: Spicy’s BBQ in Riverhead holds a grand reopening event.  

May 12: JABS fitness center in Riverhead closes its doors less than a year after opening. 


• Nautical-themed Rocco’s Caddyshack opens in Greenport.

• Solntse Hot Yoga opens second studio in downtown Riverhead.

• Ray design shop opens in Greenport.

• North Tavern restaurant opens in Wading River.

June 1: Lavender by the Bay, established in East Marion in 2002, opens second location in Calverton. 

 June 10: North Fork Doughnut Co. opens Mattituck location. 

June 19: New Italian-American eatery Waypoint opens at former Pepi’s restaurant space in Southold. 

June 29: North Fork Brewing Company opens Riverhead tasting room. 

June 30: Jeni’s Main Street Grill moves into the former Puerto Verde location on Route 25 in Southold.


• Ali Katz Kitchen opens on Route 48 in Mattituck. 


• Ruggero’s family-style Italian restaurant opens at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River. 

Aug. 1: After 35 years as neighbors, Palmer Vineyards is purchased by Paumanok. 

Aug. 10: After 34 years in operation, Truffles Bistro in Wading River is sold. 


• Sandpiper Ice Cream in Greenport closes after 40 years in business.


• RiverWalk Bar and Grille opens in downtown Riverhead. 

• Caci Shelter Island announces it will close after opening in May. 

Oct. 4: Moustache Brewing Co. unveils expanded tasting room in Riverhead.

Oct. 6: After more than six decades, Edwards Sports Center in Riverhead announces it will close.

Oct. 21: EAsT on Main opens in the former Four Doors Down in Mattituck. 

Oct. 22: Modell’s Sporting Goods in Riverhead announces it expects to close in January 2019.

Oct. 29: Riverhead Farmers Market announces move from 17 East Main St. to 54 East Main.

Oct. 30: Sannino Vineyard begins construction of eco-friendly winery and tasting room in Cutchogue.


• Osprey Bar & Lounge opens at the former Caci Shelter Island.

Nov. 16: Lidl US announces that it will purchase and convert all Best Market stores on Long Island. 

Nov. 17: Greenport Farmers’ Market opens new indoor location on First Street.

Nov. 19: Owners announce a new restaurant, North Fork Roadhouse, coming to Porto Bello’s former Route 48 location. 

Nov. 25: Riverhead Kmart shuts its doors. 


• Boom Burger owners reveal that Mattituck location is set to reopen “after Christmas.”

• Owner of Caci North Fork in Southold announces spring 2019 reopening.

• Maroni Cuisine in Northport reveals plan to open in the spring at the former Jeni’s Main Street Grill in Southold.

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