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Chef Brian Arbesfeld stirs a pot of sauce in the kitchen just before C.J.'s American Cafe opened Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Chef Brian Arbesfeld stirs a pot of sauce just before CJ’s American Grill opened Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

CJ’s American Grill, a new farm-to-table restaurant in Mattituck Plaza, celebrated a soft opening Wednesday. 

Housed in the space formerly occupied by DoLittle’s Bar and Grill, which closed in early 2012, CJ’s American Grill features a diverse menu with locally sourced ingredients, Mr. Richards said. The 40- to 50-seat restaurant has a built-in “wine wall” offering more than 90 North Fork wines, all priced at $25 a bottle. Local beers, including selections from Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder Brewery, are also available on draft.

“It’s going to be a fun place,” said Mr. Richards, a Patchogue resident and owner of East End Catering. He co-owns CJ’s American Grill with his wife, Joanne, and business partner Sal Malguarnera. The restaurant is managed by Mr. Richards’ good friend Sandra Bilotti of Mattituck.

“It’s going to be a place where everybody can come get an awesome meal and get to taste all the local ingredients for under $28,” he said last week.