12/27/15 6:01am
This sign from the General Wayne inn hangs at Brix and Rye. (Credit: Caroline Rochetta, courtesy)

This sign from the General Wayne inn hangs at Brix and Rye. (Credit: Caroline Rochetta, courtesy)

A company can go out of business, but that doesn’t mean it disappears completely.

Whether it’s an old sign, a photographic advertisement or even a vintage burlap sack, remnants of extinct businesses are everywhere on the North Fork — and many are currently in use as decorations at local restaurants.

Some artifacts, like the General Wayne Inn sign that now hangs on a wall at Brix & Rye in Greenport, are conspicuous. Others, like the wood from a former bowling alley that was used to construct the bar at Dark Horse Restaurant in Riverhead, are much more subtle.

Read on to learn the stories behind four local examples we recently came across recently. (more…)