Grand Opening of Vines & Hops Café and Tavern in Riverhead

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch | Jeff and Christine McKay (with their daughters Melanie and Yvonne) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to open Vines & Hops in Riverhead Sunday Sept. 22.

Vines & Hops Café and Tavern will have its grand opening celebration Sunday Sept 22 in downtown Riverhead. A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off at noon with wine, beer, coffee, small plate food and desserts to be served.

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 Riverhead 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.

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

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.

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

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.”

Vines & Hops Café and Tavern is located at 127 East Main Street.