Eight months after electrical damage caused by Hurricane Sandy forced the owners of Love Lane Market to halt business, the popular Mattituck grocery store and eatery is now open and its owner plans to launch a fair-trade coffee bar this weekend.
“We’ve always been very successful selling coffee at Love Lane Kitchen,” said owner Mike Avella, who sold Love Lane Kitchen last year. “Frankly, I think we serve the best coffee on the North Fork.”
Customers will be able to make and enjoy cups of fair-trade coffee roasted by Southold business Long Island Coffee Roasters. Individual bags of coffee from a diverse number of countries, including Rwanda, Indonesia and Ethiopia, will also be available for purchase. Mr. Avella said he also plans to offer fresh croissants, scones, muffins and coffee cakes baked on-site.
Love Lane Market closed its doors last November after an electrical malfunction caused the store’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to burn out, effectively spoiling all refrigerated merchandise.
“It’s a little overwhelming because we have so much to do,” Mr. Avella said. “I lost $100,000 in inventory [due to the storm]. I’m sorry and I apologize to all our customers who’ve been trying to come in the doors for the past seven months. We just weren’t able to open until I could effect all the repairs.”