The folks at Lily Flanagan’s Restaurant Group — which operates six Long Island locations — have taken over the former Peconic County Brewing space in Riverhead that’s been vacant since August.
And they have big plans for the island’s only riverfront brewery.
To that end, Riverhead Brew House won’t just be a brewery. Yes, they’ll be brewing craft beer, but the Lily’s team has a full liquor license in place and will be utilizing the space’s full kitchen to churn out American cuisine to locals and East End visitors alike.
“We’re getting all-new furniture, we’ll refinish the bar and just warm up the whole place,” said Wayne Meehan, of Lily Flanagan’s Restaurant Group. “We’re already working on new recipes for the beer and a new family friendly food menu. We’ll also be renovating the patio outside, which will be pet friendly.”
What’s more, they plan on being their own best beer customer, by shipping brews from Riverhead Brew House to their other locations: Oakdale Brew House and The Wharf in Oakdale, The Villager in Farmingdale, and the other Villager, The Local and Lily Flanagan’s in Babylon Village.
The interior facelift is happening now with plans to open this spring at 221 E. Main St., which is located in the ground floor of a new apartment building but actually faces Peconic River.
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The Lily’s team is especially excited about Riverhead.
“It’s coming up in the world” and Lily’s wanted to be a part of it, Meehan said.
He pointed to several new apartment complexes, the downtown hotel, aquarium, nearby farms and wineries, “and a great chamber of commerce.”
That all helped seal their decision to expand the company even further — and father east.
“The East End is busy all year-long now,” Meehan said. “We’re really hoping to cater to locals, families from the aquarium and people visiting the wineries. Just be that family friendly place for great food and drinks.”
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Top: RIverhead Brew House at Riverhead Lofts will face Peconic River to the south. (Michael White)