01/14/16 9:00am
Downtown Patchogue during an 'Alive After Five' event last summer (Credit: Michael White/GreaterPatchogue.com

Downtown Patchogue during an ‘Alive After Five’ event last summer (Credit: Michael White/GreaterPatchogue.com

Imagine thousands of people filling the streets of downtown Riverhead, enjoying ice-cold beers and listening to music on a balmy summer’s evening.

It could happen if the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association’s plans to host evening street fairs on multiple Thursdays this summer come to fruition. (more…)

10/28/15 6:14am
Opening day at the 2014 indoor farmer's market. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Opening day at the 2014 indoor Riverhead Farmer’s Market. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Expect a central location to grab your farm-fresh eggs, organic produce and baked goods when the indoor Riverhead Farmer’s Market returns to downtown Saturday, Nov. 14.

After expanding to two days per week last season, the market will once again only be open on Saturdays, according to Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association president Ray Pickersgill. The weekly event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of April. (more…)

09/12/15 12:23pm
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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.”

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10/29/14 10:41am
Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president discuss plans for the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president discuss plans for the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

On Tuesday, 221 East Main St. in downtown Riverhead was just an empty space in need of a treatment from the Dyson vacuum parked in the middle of its floor.

But by Saturday, the building will become a bustling bazaar of vendors pedaling their locally-produced wares as the successful Riverhead Farmers Market moves inside once again for the colder months. (more…)