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Good food brings people together.
That old adage could not be more true for business partners Shasho Pole and Ann Olenick. The duo bonded over a shared passion for handcrafting foods from fresh ingredients while selling their goods at the Rocky Point Farmers Market nearly seven years ago.
Soon after, Pole, owner of Naturally Grass Fed, and Ann Olenick, owner of Something Sweet Dessert Shoppe, teamed up to jointly bring their products to farmers markets across the Long Island — and now they’ve opened a brick-and-mortar farm-to-table restaurant, Broadway Market, adjacent to the Rocky Point Farmers Market where it all began.
“We looked and looked to find the right spot,” Pole said. “We just could not believe the pieces fell into place and we ended up here.”
Broadway Market opened in Rocky Point earlier this year. The newly renovated 2,500-square-foot space — the former Gracie’s Hearty Foods and, if you go way back, Harry’s Chinese — has been transformed into a modern farmhouse chic restaurant that boasts a diverse menu of flatbreads, grass-fed beef burgers sourced from Pole’s certified organic upstate farm and brunch items like Lincoln Log French toast.
“It has been a dream … everyday I still cannot believe it looks like the renderings,” Olenick said. “To see it all come to life is pretty amazing.”
The restaurant is a multifaceted operation with a boutique bakery counter that serves up Olenick’s signature treats as well as a grab-and-go case with ready-made sandwiches and fresh-pressed juices. There is a selection of meats available and the long-term goal is to add a larger butcher counter into the mix.
A spacious 47-seat full-service dining room and bar area occupies the area next to the bakery counter. Broadway is big on brunch, serving up everyone’s favorite meal six days a week. The two most popular brunch dishes (so far) are the fried chicken sandwich served on a house-made bun and the bacon egg and cheese calzone prepared by executive chef Dmitry Guydash, formerly of Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.
“We have spent lots of time on this menu,” Olenick said. “It has been years of curating recipes and finding things we like while being able to put our own spin on it. We are seasonal, so we’re looking forward to the fall and what will be available.”
The majority of the menu is sourced from purveyors in New York State, including locally from Braun’s Seafood Co. in Cutchogue and Bakewicz Farms in Wading River. Even the beer list is Long Island-centric. Greenport Brewing Co., Fire Island Brewing Co., Oyster Bay Brewing Co. and Blue Point Brewing Co. can be found on tap alongside other New York beers, North Fork wine and a host of signature craft cocktails.
Broadway Market is located at 643 Broadway in Rocky Point.
Off the Fork is a new feature on people, places and things that interest us outside of the North Fork. This week’s posts were made possible by Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.