Josie Stoner, longtime Spicy's employee, whose father Terry 'Spicy' Stoner and brother, Rick Stoner, own the restaurant. File photo: Peter Blasl

Spicy’s reopened in Riverhead today at 11 a.m.

People were waiting outside for the popular local restaurant to reopen, said Josie Stoner, daughter of owner Terry Stoner and sister of owner Rick Stoner. 

“As soon as I unlocked the door they were piling in,” she said. “It was great.”

The iconic BBQ joint on West Main Street and a second location in Bellport were seized on April 24 by state tax authorities on warrants for unpaid sales taxes.

Photo: Facebook/Spicy’s

Spicy’s announced the “grand reopening” on its Facebook page last night. “Stop by for a taste of what you have been missing!” the restaurant posted.

The restaurant owner worked out a payment plan with the state tax department. Spicy’s was founded by Rick Stoner’s father about 40 years ago and the restaurant quickly became a local favorite.

News of its closing caused a local uproar, with some Spicy’s fans even suggesting a GoFundMe page to raise money to assist the restaurant.

The Bellport restaurant will not be reopened, according to Spicy’s Facebook page.

Take-out orders were lined up for pickup today at lunchtime. Photo: Peter Blasl


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