Final shop to open soon at The Square

07/02/2013 2:00 PM |

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | An employee serves up a tasty treat at NOSH in The Square in Greenport.

The last piece of The Square puzzle is almost in place. 

Chef Keith Luce’s fourth and final storefront, MEET, is expected to open in Greenport’s historic Stirling Square in early July.

MEET will offer wine and beer tastings and a storeroom where guests can sample New York-produced beer, wine and spirits and participate in cooking and food or beverage pairing classes.

“We want it to be a place were people gather and meet new people,” Mr. Luce said.

When Mr. Luce purchased the former North Fork Oyster Company in March, he said he wanted to create a unique North Fork dining destination for visitors and locals alike. With that vision in mind, he opened MAIN Restaurant & Oyster Bar along with artisanal food shops NOSH and PREP.

MEET will also bring something original to the North Fork. The tasting room will feature New York State wines, beer and spirits that are not produced on Long Island, he said.

“It’s neat because we are at the end of the wine trail and it will give people an opportunity to compare other New York State wines to the ones they experienced on the North Fork,” he said.

Additionally, the shop will sell high-end ingredients, cooking accessories and prepackaged foods from The Square’s other eateries.

Still awaiting its permits, MEET is already unofficially open on Thursday evenings, except July 4,  for open mic nights. Food and beverages are brought in from The Square’s neighboring storefronts during the events.

Mr. Luce expects to receive final permits for MEET by the second week in July.

Once open, the venue will regularly host small acoustic musical performances, he said.

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