A Love Lane staple that offers a taste of Europe in Long Island Wine Country will soon have a new owner.
The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck will officially change hands Sept. 15, when its original owner, Rosemary Batcheller, passes the store on to her friend Michael Affatato.
“The biggest question is, ‘Is it going to stay the same,’ ” Batcheller said during an interview at the shop. “And it is. But I think new eyes and new energy is never a bad thing.”
Batcheller, who purchased the building and opened the business in 2001 with her then-husband, Adam, is taking some time off from work to care for her ailing mother, Isabella Daly, as well as fix up her 1920s-era Mattituck cottage.
Photo: Michael Affatato and Rosemary Batcheller outside The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)