12/27/15 6:01am
PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead . (Credit: Vera Chinese)

PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead . (Credit: Vera Chinese)

We’re counting down the top coolest stories of 2015 on northforker.com. We will publish one story on our list per day, every day, until Jan. 1.

Coming in at number 6 is the opening of PeraBell Food Bar, Mazi and Sonoma Grill East in downtown Riverhead. (more…)

10/15/15 6:01am
Mazi sampler. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Mazi sampler. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Two years after his restaurant, the former Athens Grill, was destroyed in a fire, restaurateur John Mantzopoulos has opened Mazi, one of several new dining options popping up in downtown Riverhead.

Unlike its predessecor, the menu at Mazi is more inclusive of Mediterranean dishes rather than just leaning toward Greek food. However, there are still Greek salads, gyro sandwiches and many other options for a satisfying mid-day meal if you’re craving Greek.

The highlight of the rebuilt dining room is the super glossy wooden bar near its entrance. With a pretty white-washed brick wall and metallic wall hangings, the bar offers the industrial chic look that has become so fashionable in recent years. (more…)

09/12/15 12:23pm
IMG_6802

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.”

(more…)