Farm-to-table fare becomes second nature when you’ve lived on the North Fork for more than a decade. Just ask Southold residents Antonio and Stephanie Piraino. The couple has long been a supporter of local farms and markets in their personal kitchen, so when it came time to open their first restaurant together the menu was destined to feature the North Fork bounty.
The Pirainos are opening EAsT on Main in the former Four Doors Down in Mattituck this summer with a farm-country menu and a maritime-inspired cocktail list. Antonio has two decades of restaurant experience, opening Coyote Ugly franchises in Boston and Philadelphia, among others. With two young children of their own, the couple saw the vacant Mattituck restaurant as an opportunity to open a family-friendly establishment with approachable prices.
“We wanted to bring something to the area that we haven’t seen before,” said Stephanie, a ninth grade English teacher and cheerleading coach at Riverhead High School. “It will be a great spot for our neighbors to come and enjoy a meal, a drink and a story.”
EAsT on Main is taking over the western side of two-storefront building. MattiTaco took over the eastern side — the former Crazy Fork — in February. Owner Justin Schwartz, who also operates the Noah’s on the Road food trucks, is rehabbing that section of the building and is expected to open later this month.
EAsT on Main will cater to the early morning and late night crowd — and everyone in between. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to a bar menu. Expect locally sourced ingredients in bites such as orange blossom pancakes, a build your own burger bar and Long Island bay scallops along with a nostalgic dessert menu that includes house-made fried Twinkies and Whoopie pie.
The Pirainos have a sense of competition and invite daring diners to partake in the “5 Pound Burger Challenge.” The rules are simple: devour a five-pound beef burger sandwiched between an oversized house-made bun and topped with all the traditional fixings in less than two hours and you’ll eat for free. The restaurant will also offer an online order form for to-go items.
The Pirainos signed the lease on the 2,500-square-foot space earlier this month and plan to open the fully renovated restaurant in July. The couple — along with business partner Vincent Palmer, Antonio’s uncle — are overhauling the interior and exterior of the storefront.
“It is not a little facelift,” Stephanie said. “It is going to be an experience for your eyes.”
EAsT on Main is located at 10560 Main Road, Mattituck