Three Mattituck eateries close, another bagel shop plans to move in

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A new bagel shop is planning to open at the former North Fork Bagel Cafe location.

Three Mattituck eateries have decided to close their doors this month and another one is opening up in a recently vacated storefront.

DoLittle’s bar and grill, which has been operated in Mattituck Plaza on Main Road by David Sailor and his family for the past decade, is expected to close March 31. Cardinale Group-Daniel Gale Sotheby owns the shopping center and the Cardinale family owns the restaurant.

Mr. Sailor’s daughter, Sharon, said a “mutual agreement” to part ways was made between her family and the Cardinales, attributing the decision to the down economy.

“We would love to stay, but business hasn’t been great,” she said. “It’s sad. Paulie [Ms. Sailor’s son who worked the door], David and I just want to thank everyone for their support. We’ll miss everybody.”

Subway, located in the same shopping center, closed its doors for good Saturday and North Fork Bagel Cafe shuttered earlier this year. Antique Catering & Deli, located just across the street, shut down more than two weeks ago.

Subway owner Jim Hooghkirk had told local news website North Fork Patch that he was looking to sell his franchise as he struggled to pay $4,300 in monthly rent.

Donielle Cardinale of Cardinale Group-Daniel Gale Sotheby declined to comment on Subway and DoLittle’s.

Ms. Cardinale did, however, shed some light on another new development in the shopping center: a bagel shop that will open where North Fork Bagel Cafe once was.

Ms. Cardinale said the new owner, whom she declined to name, plans to call the store North Fork Bagel Company. The new store will offer a variety of different breakfasts, including egg sandwiches and pancakes, as well as salads for lunch, she said.

The recent changes in Mattituck Plaza began late last year when the Tex-Mex eatery Bahia closed. Big City Burgers Atomic Wings has since opened in that location.

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