Village Cheese Shop, Goldberg’s Famous Bagels have Greenport plans

Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. The store could soon open a second location in Greenport.(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. The store could soon open a second location in Greenport.(Credit: Vera Chinese)

Two Mattituck businesses are looking to expand to Greenport, northforker has learned.

The owners of both The Village Cheese Shop and Goldberg’s Famous Bagels have plans to open locations in Greenport Village.

Cheese shop owner Michael Affatato said he will soon sign a lease with intent to buy the building at 19 Front Street. He is hoping to bring his offerings — which include everything from cheddar made by Missouri Mennonites to lactose-free Lithuanian cheese — to the new 3,200-square-foot spot by June.

The timing is fortuitous for Affatato as the nearby Cheese Emporium has recently rebranded itself as the café Bruce and Son, announcing it no longer sells cheese.

“I had constant clients coming in and saying, ‘dude you got to come to Greenport, you’d do so well,’ ” he said. “The writing is on the wall.”

And the owner of Goldberg’s Famous Bagels may soon operate at 131 Third Street.

“I love the Village of Greenport,” said Chris Conlan, who owns the Mattituck location and would own the proposed Greenport location as well. “It’s just like a tight community. I’m from upstate and it’s a small-knit town like that. It’s just a beautiful spot.”

Goldberg’s has eight locations on Long Island — including Mattituck and Riverhead, which both opened in the summer of 2014. Each of the Goldberg’s Famous Bagel locations make their bagels on-site daily using the boil and bake method, according to its website.

“We’re very excited and proud and we hope Greenport is excited as well for us to be coming there,” Conlan said.

Both Village Cheese Shop and Goldberg’s are seeking approvals from the Village Planning Board. The applications will be discussed at the March 30 meeting. If both are approved, they would be the latest additions to the growing Greenport dining scene.

Plans for The Lucky Bee, an outpost of the Manhattan pan-Asian restaurant with the same name, and The Olive Branch Café, a Mediterranean eatery, were also recently announced. Alison and Keith Bavaro of Shelter Island’s SALT will open the new restaurant PORT at the home of the former Blue Canoe on Third Street.

And Frank DeCarlo, owner of the rustic Italian restaurant Peasant in Nolita, has signed a lease for the building at 102 Main Street in Greenport, the former home of Scrimshaw.

vchinese@timesreview.com