Though litigation with the Town of Southold is ongoing, the managers of Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue are offering everything from dance parties and catering to beer and sangria at their Route 48 tasting facility — and they will continue to do so throughout the fall.
In late May, the town issued a temporary restraining order against Vineyard 48, the managers of which organized and promoted outdoor dance parties that often exceed the building’s permitted capacity and generated complaints about noise and lewd behavior from neighbors. So the manager moved the DJ indoors and continued the dance parties throughout the summer, and complaints have been a lot less frequent, Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski told North Fork Patch this past July.
Manager Matt McBride told Patch this week that the vineyard has been working to “make sure everyone is happy.”
“It seems to be working out with the town,” he said. "We actually no longer promote the dance party, just that we have music. And we monitor the occupancy all the time as also."
As fall sets in the, Vineyard 48 is offering a free pumpkin with every take-home wine bottle purchased, pints of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer, and free barbecue every Sunday catered by Marc LaMaina of Butta’ Cakes restaurant in Greenport.
After what he described as the best summer in his four years in business on Main Street in Greenport, LaMaina said he’s making a push toward catering this fall and winter — at Vineyard 48 and wherever else his food is needed.
“We’re offering everything from an oyster bar to barbecue to a Mexican menu,” he said. “Our clients tell us their ideas and theme and we design a specialized menu that hits on all their needs and wants. We can get everything from the tent to the ice.”
LaMaina added that with the catering strategy, he’s “just trying to go to the people, since a lot of people don't come all the way out to Greenport this time of year. They hit the farms then head back home.”
“You have to follow the people,” he added.
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said he could not comment on Vineyard 48’s fall plans due to the ongoing litigation.
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