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Sound Avenue vineyard’s expansion plans shot down by planning board in split vote

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After hearing opposition from residents and civic associations, the Riverhead Planning Board voted 3-2 to deny Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards' site plan application last week, over concerns about noise from outdoor music.

Lucharitos owner plans to open ‘Luchacubano’ on E. Main Street ‘this holiday season’

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The owner of the popular Lucharitos restaurants is planning to open Luchacubano in the former Sunny’s Diner and Grill on East Main Street.

Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, and more, coming to former Homeside Florist site

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Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, which has moved around among a few different vacant East Main Street stores since its inception in 2014, may be moving for the last time. East End Food Institute, which took over running the famers market in 2019, has signed a three-year lease on the former Homeside Florist and Greenhouses site on Main Road in Riverhead. The farmers market will open there Nov. 27 and the nonprofit organization has big plans for the site in the future.

Suffolk Theater announces new director

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Gary Hygom, former executive director at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and 20-year producing director at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, will take the reins at the historic Riverhead theater on Oct. 15.

Insatiable Eats Creative Kitchen to open in former Michelangelo’s location

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Insatiable Eats Chef Marco Barrila will run his catering and events business and a new eatery in the former Michelangelo's restaurant on East Main Street.

Sunny’s, Michelangelo buildings have sold

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A Manhattan-based real estate investment group has purchased the Sunny's diner and Michelangelo's buildings. The same group also purchased the PeraBell and HyTing buildings. New restaurants will open in all locations, the broker who handled the sales said.

Suffolk Theater will require COVID vaccination or negative test to attend events

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Guests at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will need to provide their vaccination card, Excelsior Pass or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event to enter the venue. The first two shows of the theater’s reopening are scheduled for next weekend.

Local restaurant helps relieve stress on LI power grid — and gets paid to do it

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The Cooperage Inn generates its own power when PSEG-LI needs to reduce energy load in times of stress on the electric grid. "I'm like a mini power plant," restaurant owner Jonathan Perkins said.

First National Bank LI opens first branch on the East End in downtown Riverhead

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First National Bank of Long Island has opened its first East End branch in downtown Riverhead at 140 East Main Street at the corner of East Avenue.

Long Island’s last independent hospital inks affiliation agreement with NYU Langone

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Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue, Long Island's last independent community hospital, will become part of NYU Langone's health system under an agreement announced this week.
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