04/25/17 6:00am
A pint of Twin Fork Beer's "Chromatic Ale" at CJ's American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pint of Twin Fork Beer’s “Chromatic Ale” at CJ’s American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After two years of planning, Twin Fork Beer Company has applied to construct a new brewery and tasting room on an undeveloped lot on Raynor Avenue in Riverhead.

The company, run by Riverhead natives and twin brothers Pete and Dan Chekijian, is hoping to add to the area’s craft brewing boom, Pete Chekijian said.

“We live out here, we believe in the area and we believe that we can contribute with jobs and the burgeoning tourism industry,”  Chekijian said after the Riverhead Town Planning Board discussed the application Thursday. (more…)

04/22/17 8:36am
Thomas Fredette

Jason Fredette, Thomas Fredette, Jim Dreeben and Rob Fredette. The Fredette family recently purchased Peconic Paddler in Riverhead from Dreeben. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jim Dreeben has been saying he’s going to retire for “probably 20 years,” but every summer, he returns to his Riverside business, Peconic Paddler, to rent kayaks and canoes.

This year, though, he means it. Well, mostly.

Dreeben sold the business and the property March 24 to a group led by Tom Fredette, a New York City firefighter from East Moriches. He declined to reveal the purchase price. (more…)

04/14/17 6:00am

As dozens of families headed out of town to warmer destinations for spring break, their four-legged friends were left in good hands.

We’re talking, of course, about the more than 50 dogs and five cats who checked into the Hydrant Hotel in Riverhead this past week.

The Raynor Avenue facility, which opened 18 months ago, aims to make leaving your pet for vacation a stress-free experience.

“The idea behind the Hydrant Hotel was to offer an all-inclusive type resort for people’s pets,” manager and head trainer Vinny Buscemi said. “So while you’re away on vacation, your dog can be here taking part in all that we have to offer.” (more…)

03/25/17 6:02am

Photo Caption: Scoops of raw cookie dough are now being sold at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead. (Credit: Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe’s Facebook)

For those of who can’t help stealing a few spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while making a batch of chocolate chip cookies, Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead has got a new product for you.

The longtime establishment announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that beginning March 23, they would be serving edible chocolate chunk cookie dough. Made without eggs, the new offering follows a recent trend where shops — such as DO in New York City, which opened in January — began selling cookie dough in scoops, just like ice cream is served. (more…)

03/02/17 6:02am
Moustache Brewing Co. Double IPA Dexterity Issues. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Moustache Brewing Co. Double IPA Dexterity Issues. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Even if Moustache Brewing Co.’s latest Double IPA release “Dexterity Issues” wasn’t as good as it is, it’d be newsworthy and worth chasing down. You see, it was brewed to benefit multiple sclerosis research. Brewery co-founder and brewmaster Matthew Spitz was diagnosed with MS, an autoimmune disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spine, in July 2013. (more…)