09/12/15 12:23pm

A view of the new Mazi restaurant. (Barbaraellen Koch Photo)

The wooden bar runs nearly the entire length of the restaurant. An exposed brick wall, adorned with black iron sconces, overlooks the bar, while large wooden shelves hold glasses and bottles.

All that iron, brick and wood creates an industrial, hard look. That’s no accident. 

“It represents strength,” said John Mantzopoulos, who’s ready to open his re-incarnated restaurant, Mazi, in Riverhead this coming Tuesday. “We wanted to come back strong. The fire affected me, but it didn’t affect me where it put me out.”