Brothers Michael and Matthew Moreo of Aquebogue are opening a breakfast-lunch-and-dinner joint in a spacious Front Street storefront once occupied by which in Greenport.
Unlike a traditional deli, the Greenport Eatery will focus on serving fresh bagels and bagel sandwiches, paninis, chopped salads, wraps, baked goods, and coffee from the Hampton Coffee Company in a comfortable, WiFi-friendly café setting, said Michael Moreo — a 24-year-old with a background in law who said he’s wanted to take the plunge as a restaurateur for a couple of years now.
Moreo helped his mother, Marian, run North Fork Bagel in Jamesport for years before she sold the business five years ago, so he said he feels he does know his bagels — and that he’s filling a niche in the village even within feet of the established
“We’re not just strictly a deli — that’s why we’re calling it an eatery,” he said. “We’re getting a steam table in a few weeks so we’ll be able to serve hot food as well.”
Moreo said that before the Front Street location came into play, he and his family had been looking for months at other locations in Riverhead and Greenport. On Front Street, Moreo plans to eventually have outdoor seating, live entertainment and wine and cheese offerings at The Greenport Eatery.
Though the restaurant will have it’s own flare, Moreo said he had places like Brendel’s Bagels and Eatery in Huntington and Miller Place Bagel and Deli in mind while designing The Greenport Eatery.
And he wanted to see his family involved in the project.
“My brother and I have wanted to do something together for a long time, and we wanted to see our mother have her own place,” he said, adding that his sister, 18-year-old Mattituck graduate Samantha, will also be helping out in the Moreno family business venture.
Look for the doors of The Greenport Eatery to be open on the morning of July 3.