07/17/17 6:04am


Karen Crowson still remembers the day she moved to Riverhead 31 years ago. With the moving truck still in her driveway, she walked down to the Riverhead Diner & Grill to apply for a job.

It was so busy, they hired her on the spot and put her to work that day.

Three decades later, Crowson is still a waitress at the East Main Street diner and is glad to see that new owners Jim and Sunny Liszanckie of Riverhead have kept the restaurant’s 85-year history in mind as they’ve rebranded it Sunny’s Riverhead Diner & Grill.

“It’s basically the same, but they improved it,” Crowson said.

She said she remembers the winter day when Mr. Liszanckie, sitting at the counter in the diner, suggested buying the restaurant from former owner Liz Strebel, who took over the business from her family in the late 1970s. (more…)

01/26/17 6:01am
Riverhead Grill

Sunny and Jim Liszanckie inside their downtown Riverhead restaurant, which will be called Sunny’s Diner and Grill. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Sitting in the back at the Riverhead Diner and Grill, it’s sometimes difficult to hear Sunny Liszanckie and her husband, Jim, over the sound of a buzzing mechanical saw.

The couple is hard at work overhauling the longtime East Main Street eatery they purchased Jan. 13. Frequenters of the establishment need not worry, though.

The Liszanckies say they aren’t making any major changes. Rather, they’re “freshening up” the property, making sure to preserve the history of the popular eatery.

“We love the charm of it,” Ms. Liszanckie said of the business, which was founded in 1932. “It’s been around for so long we want to keep it mostly the same, keep the charm of the place.” (more…)