02/22/13 5:05pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Grana Wood Fired Pizza owner and chef David Plath was back at work last Thursday after closing since the end of December.

The recent blizzard was hefty enough to close down the Long Island Expressway throughout all of Suffolk, so it’s easy to imagine why some local restaurants find it prudent to shut their doors for a period of time during the colder season.

“Last week was an example of why so many businesses close during winter,” said Dianne Delaney, general manager at Comtesse Thérèse Bistro in Aquebogue. “We live in such an unpredictable climate. We closed for January. The first weekend we were open was a wild success. Then we didn’t even open this past weekend because of the snow.” (more…)

11/08/11 8:13pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Theresa Dilworth, owner of Comtesse Therese Vineyard, in Comtesse Therese Bistro in Aquebogue.

She was going to grow a little grape garden in her front yard, that’s all.

Theresa Dilworth loved cooking and gardening at her weekend home in Mattituck, where she’d escape from her weeks in Manhattan working as an international tax attorney.

When she told some friends and colleagues she wanted to make small batches of wine, they suggested she buy land and start a vineyard.

She wasn’t so sure — until they offered to invest money in some property on Union Avenue in Aquebogue and help her start up a winery. (more…)