A new tasting room for an East End catering company is one step closer toward opening in Southold.
The town’s Planning Board unanimously approved Grace & Grit’s proposed site plan at a meeting Monday night.
Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris, the partners behind the Grace & Grit founded in 2012, have inked a deal to lease the storefront that last housed the Southold Plumbing & Heating company at 55750 Main Road, which closed last year.
In an interview earlier this year, the owners said they plan to spruce up the building and add a commercial kitchen with room enough in the storefront to seat six people for food tastings. That’s where couples looking to get married on the North Fork or elsewhere on the East End will pick out their Grace & Grit dinner menu for the big day.
The partners have been hosting in a small space at North Fork Roasting Co., which Morris co-owns, and have used several different kitchens over the past four years to prepare food. They also operate a food truck and rent cooking and refrigeration units for on-site catering.
Ms. Morris and Ms. Coleman, who employ about 30 people during the warmer months, are hoping to have the storefront open and operating this season.
Photo: Grace & Grit owners Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris outside their future tasting room in May. (Credit: Michael White, file)