A little taste of the North Fork will touch down in Wading River on Memorial Day weekend when Hudson Market opens its doors for business.
The coffee shop and market will serve up local goods, including muffins and breads.
“I hope this can be a little touchstone property for the community,” owner Anthony Coates said. “People can come in, sit, read the paper, gossip and hang out.”
Coates is a financial investment adviser, developer and political adviser who ran for Riverhead Town supervisor last year. While he didn’t win the election, he’s ready to move on and become a local entrepreneur instead. Just don’t look for him behind the counter on a regular basis.
“I wanted to open a week before Duck Pond Day,” he said, referring to the annual Wading River festival that includes a parade, as well as local crafts, food and beer.
As for his business, baked goods like muffins, cookies, scones and biscotti will be delivered daily from D’Latte Bakery in Greenport, while breads will come from Blue Duck Bakery. Salads and sandwiches from local purveyors, as well as hot coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and herbal teas, will be served, too.
In addition, Coates plans to showcase small roasting companies. Prices will range from $2 for a regular coffee to $3 and $4 for specialty coffees.
“The espresso machine will serve a hearty roast from Italy,” he said. “On the drip machine now is Variety Coffee Roasters out of Brooklyn.”
Coates promises to try different brands and blends, as well as offer samples.
His daughter, Courtney, a Stony Brook University accounting graduate, will do the marketing and accounting for the shop.
“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” she said, adding one of her first restaurant jobs was working at Tweed’s Restaurant and Buffalo Bar in Riverhead.
Memorabilia is posted on the walls at Hudson Market with vintage photos of the North Fork, as well as pictures of some of his heroes, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beatles, John F. Kennedy and explorer Henry Hudson, who the coffee shop is named after.
“I try to put up things that mean something to me and mean something to the region,” Coates said. “There’s a ticket to the 1960 Democratic National Convention next to an election button for Barry Goldwater. This is a place where Democrats and Republicans can share a cappuccino in bipartisan fashion.”
“Every community has a cool place,” he added. “I hope this will be that.”
Hudson Market will open on Saturday, May 28, at 7 a.m. and closed for Memorial Day. Daily hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hudson Market is located at 6 Sound Road in Wading River. For more information call (631) 886-2227 or visit hudsonmarket.biz.