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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…)

11/27/13 4:19pm
11/27/2013 4:19 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to open in Riverhead Dec. 9.

COURTESY PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings is scheduled to open in Riverhead Dec. 9.

Work up your appetite, wings fans: the general manager of the new Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 58 in Riverhead said the casual restaurant is slated to open Dec. 9.

“We’re very excited for the opening,” said Andrew Schuett, the general manager of the 6,000-square-foot Riverhead location, which is housed in the easternmost side of the new shopping complex located just east of Riverhead Raceway. “We’re going to bring a little bit of Buffalo Wild Wings to the East End.”

As part of its grand opening, Mr. Schuett said, the restaurant’s first 100 patrons will receive a voucher book entitling them to six free chicken wings a week for a year.

The plaza where Buffalo Wild Wings is located is also home to a recently-opened Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Christmas Tree Shops. Starbucks, Aldi and The Vitamin Shoppe — all located in the same shopping center — are scheduled to open in the next few months.

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09/07/13 4:00pm
09/07/2013 4:00 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Downtown Riverhead restaurant Cliff's Rendezvous, which closed at the end of June due to damage from a kitchen fire, reopened its doors Sept. 7.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Downtown Riverhead restaurant Cliff’s Rendezvous, which closed at the end of June due to damage from a kitchen fire, reopened its doors Sept. 7.

A little more than two months after a small kitchen fire forced Cliff’s Rendezvous to close its doors, the downtown Riverhead restaurant reopened for business today with little fanfare but heaps of happy customers.

Christina Saunders, whose husband, Cliff Saunders, owns the casual bar and eatery, said Saturday afternoon she and her husband didn’t know until “the last minute” when the restaurant would be able to reopen.

“We had to make sure everything was in place,” she said. “We got all the permits and all the inspections done. Everybody gave us the green light, so as of yesterday we said, ‘That’s it! We can do it.’ We’ve been waiting a very long time.’ ”

A grease fire broke out at the popular restaurant June 25 when, Mr. Saunders said, one of the chefs in the kitchen left a pan of bacon unattended near the oven and boiler. Although it suffered minor damage, a small section of the restaurant’s roof near the chimney was charred as a result of the fire and carpeting in the lower dining room was damaged and needed to be replaced as well, Mr. Saunders said.

While Cliff’s Rendezvous was closed, Ms. Saunders said, she and the crew took time to give the restaurant a deep cleaning and make some repairs. Both the upper and lower dining room’s carpeted floors were replaced with ceramic tile that looks like hardwood flooring.

“We made good use of the time,” she said.

Lou Welsh, who has been the bartender at Cliff’s Rendezvous for the past 17 years, said between customers he was happy the restaurant had reopened.

“It’s been a long time,” he said.

To thank the firefighters who helped extinguish the fire, Ms. Saunders said the restaurant plans to host a dinner for the Riverhead Fire Department Monday evening.

“[The fire] was in the middle of that heat wave and some of the firefighters were in full uniform,” Ms. Saunders said. “We’ve been here a long time and they came out for us, and it’s nice to be able to say thank you.”

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07/03/13 12:00pm
07/03/2013 12:00 PM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Vine & Hops Café is expected to open on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead later this summer.

A Jamesport couple plans to open a new wine, beer and coffee shop called Vines & Hops Café in downtown Riverhead next month.

Jeff McKay, a strength and conditioning coach who will be operating the 2,200 square-foot café with his wife, physical therapist Christine McKay, told the News-Review the East Main Street café will offer wine from the North Fork and California along with gourmet coffee and a variety of local craft beers.

“I’ve always wanted to get into the hospitality business and it just formulated in my head because there was nothing out here on the East End like this,” Mr. McKay said.

Artisan food prepared by the North Fork Chocolate Company including cheese platters, flatbread, chocolates and truffles will also be on the menu, which Mr. McKay said will change slightly according to season.

The space will also include couches, televisions in the “beer section,” and a gift shop area where customers can purchase gift baskets.The business will only serve wine that has a 90-point or higher distinction of greatness from Wine Spectator magazine.

“We want to bring quality products,” Mr. McKay said of the café, which he describes as having a “European feel, right down to the lighting.”

“The prices will be extremely affordable, though,” he said.

Vines & Hops Café will be located next to TheWarStore.com, a game shop that opened last month. Both rental properties, along with Twin Forks Bicycles, are owned by Riverhead Enterprises.

“This is the sixth new lease in an 18-month period that we’ve signed,” said Sheldon Gordon, the managing general partner of Riverhead Enterprises. “It’s been remarkable what the interest coming to downtown has been. It’s quite gratifying.”

In Mr. McKay’s estimation, downtown Riverhead is close to being an ideal location for Vines & Hops Café.

“We looked at [opening the shop] in Greenport but it didn’t appeal to us because the winters are so slow there,” Mr. McKay said. “With the theater open and businesses are starting to pop up, we thought, ‘Let’s take advantage of the opportunity and settle into downtown Riverhead.’”

Once the shop opens, Mr. McKay and his wife plan to encourage customers to kick back and relax with their favorite drink.

“We consider ourselves the ‘before’ and ‘after’ place – you can come here before a show or a movie,” Mr. McKay said. “People will be able to come and recognize their favorite beverage and have it in a comfortable atmosphere. It’s not a bar and it’s not a restaurant.

“It’ll be as if you’re home in your living room.”

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02/01/13 3:00pm
02/01/2013 3:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The All Star in Riverhead is one of several spots throughout the area with specials for Super Bowl Sunday.

There may not be a local team in this year’s Super Bowl, but local bars and restaurants are still gearing up for the big game with a bevy of drink and food specials along with a lot of giveaways. Here’s a rundown of some of the best places to watch San Francisco take on Baltimore:

Digger’s, Riverhead

Address: 58 West Main Street (631) 369-3200

Number of TVs: 9

Specials: No frills, just fun and football. $2 Coors Light and $4 Corona drafts. Special football menu with tailgating food, like 50-cent wings.

Cliff’s Elbow Room, Riverhead

Address: 1549 Main Rd (631) 722-3292

Number of TVs: 4

Specials: $2.50 Coors Light drafts. Free halftime buffet — including wings. T-shirt giveaways, hats and more.

The All-Star, Riverhead

96 Main Road (631) 998-3565

Number of TVs: 135-square-foot HD TV wall, 20 other 55-inch HD TVs, projectors on bowing lanes.

Specials: Starting at 7 p.m. Bud light specials and Coors Light beer bucket specials. Buffet packages. Super Bowl bingo with cash prizes.

Cody’s BBQ & Grill, Riverhead

65 E Main St. (631) 284-9520

Number of TVs: 10

Specials:  Two-for-one Bud, Bud light, PBRs, wine and well drinks. Fifty-cent wings.

J&R Steakhouse, Calverton

4362 New York 25 (631) 727-7218

Number of TVs: 82-inch TV and 8 other TVs

Specials: $44.99 open bar kickoff until the game ends, including appetizer soup or salad, entrée, coffee and dessert. Call for reservations.

Phil’s, Wading River

Address: 1856 Wading River Manor Road (631) 929-0508

Number of TVs: 50 with two 70-inch screens

Specials: $2.50 Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light drafts. Half-price appetizers. Ticket Giveaways at half-time: TVs, Kegerator, cooler couch and more.

Legends, New Suffolk

Address: 835 1st Street (631) 734-5123

Number of TVs: 23

Specials: Free halftime buffet – Wing assortment, St. Louis ribs, beef kabobs and more.

Elbow Room Too, Laurel

1085 Franklinville Road (631) 298-3262

Number of TVs: 4

Specials: $5 burgers. Beer specials. Free hero for the game and T-shirt giveaways.

Editor’s Note: Restaurants and bars listed are Times/Review advertisers.

Elbow East, Southold

Address: 50 North Sea Drive (631) 765-1203

Number of TVs: 6

Specials: $1 off drinks (happy hour prices) all day. Free halftime buffet — hero, salads, and snacks.

Four Doors Down, Mattituck

Address: 10560 Main Road (631) 298-8311

Number of TVs: 8

Specials: $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and $2 bud 55 select bottles. Drink specials on Bloody Mary and mimosas. 25-cent wings all day and a free halftime buffet. Touchdown shots, T-shirts, keychains and giveaways.

Front Street Station, Greenport

Address: 212 Front Street (631) 477-8724

Number of TVs: 9

Specials: Annual Field Goal Kicking Contest at 1 p.m. Three $100 gift certificates to Front Street Station will be awarded to the top male, female, and child kicker. Lots of giveaways. Well drink specials, $3 beer specials. Free halftime buffet — wings, Rigatoni alla vodka, potato skins, mussels, and baked clams.

Lucharitos, Greenport

119 Main St (631) 477-6666

Number of TVs: 2

Specials: $2 Bud light all day and half price Sangria. All you can drink Sangria from 1-5 for $20. Free halftime buffet and an arm wrestling competition with cash prize.

Sophie’s, Southold

730 Main Bayview Rd (631) 765-5700

Number of TVs: 4

Specials: Drink specials and buffet at half-time.

06/22/11 12:14pm
06/22/2011 12:14 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Alure owner Adam Lovett, seated right, with chef and partner Jeff Uguil, seated left on the deck of the restaurant. Also pictured, along with the waitstaff, are managers Andy Karistinos, left rear, Kathy Nugent, rear second from left and Kerry Ziemacki, standing right.

Owner(s): Tom Schaudel, Adam Lovett and Jeff Uguil

Year established: 2011

Location: Port of Egypt Marina, 62300 Main Road, Southold

Phone: 631-876-5300

Attire: casual/nice

Wheelchair accessible: yes

Hours: Lunch daily (except Monday) noon-5 p.m.; dinner nightly 5-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday until 11 p.m.

Website: www.alurenorthfork.com

A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria, in Southold’s Port of Egypt Marina, is the North Fork’s newest waterfront seafood restaurant and the latest joint venture of celebrated chef Tom Schaudel and restaurateur Adam Lovett. The duo, known for A Mano in Mattituck, Passionfish in Westhampton Beach and Jedediah Hawkins in Jamesport, is joined by chef de cuisine and partner Jeff Uguil, who leads in the kitchen. A Lure serves impeccably fresh fish and seafood in a casual and convivial setting for locals, boaters, day-trippers and vacationers to beautiful North Fork Wine Country.

Pristine waters, big skies and the barrier beach bird sanctuary on Southold Bay are in full view from large windows and a wraparound deck with 100 seats for seasonal alfresco dining. Inside the warm and welcoming year-round dining room are a double-sided fireplace for winter and a 30-foot bar opening onto a side deck. The core of A Lure’s creative and contemporary cuisine is local bounty: East End and East Coast seafood; produce from nearby farms; a Long Island-only wine list; beers from Blue Point, Greenport and Southampton; and specialty cocktails based on fresh fruits. Live entertainment from local musicians makes the scene hard to beat. Entrées feature grilled marinated swordfish with forbidden rice, Thai green curry, asparagus and pineapple mango salsa, as well as cheeseburgers, filet mignon and marinated skirt steak. Sweet endings include Key lime pie with graham cracker crust and flourless chocolate cake with lime-scented caramel and sea salt.

The Dining Guide is not a review column. It appears as a courtesy to Times/Review Newspapers advertisers.

05/17/11 9:28am
05/17/2011 9:28 AM

Owner(s): Diana DiVello
Year established: 1991
Location: 1410 Manhanset Ave., Greenport
Phone: 631-477-1515
Attire: Casual/neat
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open for dinner 7 days in season
Website: portobellonorthfork.com

One of the North Fork’s hidden treasures, Porto Bello Restaurant is well worth a trip to its new location, away from noise and crowds, where diners can enjoy delicious food and a spectacular water view in a secluded setting.

Celebrating its 20th year, owner Diana DiVello has returned the restaurant to its original waterfront location in Greenport’s beautiful Stirling Harbor Marina.

Porto Bello offers an extensive Italian menu, as well as fresh local seafood, locally grown vegetables and North Fork wines. Its specialties include stuffed veal chop, pan-seared chicken and the Porto Bello mushroom, grilled and topped with roasted red peppers, Gorgonzola cheese and a balsamic reduction.

“Our Bolognese sauce is a favorite of diners,” said Diana, “made with beef and veal, tomatoes and a touch of cream. And our Italian cheesecake, made with ricotta, is a delectable finish.”

Named “Best of the Best” Italian Food in 2010 by Dan’s Papers, Porto Bello offers an upscale dining experience and professional, friendly staff who pay great attention to diners’ needs. It also provides on-site catering and can accommodate special events.

“We recently had an exciting phone call from Zagat’s, telling us that our ratings for food, service and decor were all up, across the board,” said Diana.

The Dining Guide is not a review column. It appears as a courtesy to Times/Review Newspapers advertisers.