Lucharitos is changing the way the North Fork does dinner and a movie.
The popular Mexican restaurant with locations in Greenport and Aquebogue — as well as a Center Moriches spot that opened this year — will soon open another outpost with direct access to Mattituck Cinemas, allowing customers to chow down while enjoying a show.
Owner Marc LaMaina is anticipating an early 2020 opening for the 16-seat restaurant, called The Burrito Bar. Working with the Cardinale Group, which owns the movie theater at the Mattituck Plaza complex, renovations include connecting the restaurant space with the adjacent theater for the first time.
The Burrito Bar’s aesthetic and menu will be similar to its counterparts’, but served up in a new way. General manager and partner Kevin Sage described the concept as a “West Coast” style of grab-and-go ordering. Customers will wait in line, then choose from a menu of tacos and burritos or build their own from freshly prepared proteins, veggies and toppings. The food will be made-to-order and ready to go by the time the customer gets to the cashier.
The Burrito Bar, which will also cater to non-moviegoers, allows customers to call in orders to skip the line.
The Burrito Bar is the latest incarnation of Lucharitos. LaMaina launched the flagship Greenport location in late 2012 after Hurricane Sandy heavily damaged the cupcake shop, Butta Cakes, he used to operate out of the same spot. It quickly became a popular destination, requiring an expansion and doubling in size in 2015, before the additional outposts were opened.