Starting with Farmer’s Market, Aldo has eye on Riverhead

Aldo Maioranna makes a cup of his famous coffee at his Greenport shop Wednesday. (Rachel Young Photo)

Aldo Maiorana makes a cup of his famous coffee at his Greenport shop Wednesday. (Rachel Young Photo)

Aldo Maiorana has been a mainstay in Greenport since opening his Front Street shop, where he has served his coffee, hot chocolate, scones and biscotti for more than 20 years.

Now folks in the North Fork’s other town will get a chance to sample Aldo’s.

Beginning this weekend, Aldo’s will have a booth at the indoor Riverhead Farmer’s Market.

“I visited it this past Saturday and it was pretty incredible,” he said of the market, which opened about a month ago to positive reviews. “Riverhead is back on the map.”

Mr. Maiorana also said he’s entertaining the idea of opening a second store in downtown Riverhead.

“I’m getting old and I’m getting bored over here [in Greenport],” he said with a laugh. “I need something to keep me occupied.”

Though he has no firm timetable with regard to opening a second shop — “The pieces have to come together,” he said — Mr. Maiorana is on the lookout for a storefront with roughly 2,000 square feet that would accommodate his needs.

“I have to take it moment [by moment],” he said. “One day at a time.”

Anthony Coates, an investment adviser from Riverhead, would be a business partner on the Riverhead location if preliminary plans materialize.

“We want to bring a place where people can linger,” Mr. Coates said. “With all of the exciting changes that are coming [to downtown Riverhead] we look forward to finding the right place.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Mr. Maiorana expanded his business. In the 1990s, Aldo’s had a location on Shelter Island, which closed about a decade ago.

 

 

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