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The Grind Cafe in Wading River celebrates grand opening

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The Grind Cafe in Wading River celebrated its grand opening Saturday Aug. 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and mid-morning party at the brand-new North Country Road eatery.

The mother-daughter team of owners — Maryann Iacono and her daughters Raffaela and Carlotta — served refreshments and breakfast foods to a crowd that included members of the Riverhead Town Board, State Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Dan Losquadro and County Legislator Ed Romaine.

The Grind Cafe, opposite the duck ponds in the historic village, will be cooking up gourmet breakfast entrees, signature sandwiches, soups, salads and a variety of specialty coffees and smoothies.

A quick browse through The Grind’s menu:

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Pancakes: Three whole wheat pancakes, carmelized bananas & candied walnuts, paired with creme fraiche and maple syrup.

Pastrami & Egg Pretzel Sandwich: Grilled New York-style pastrami under a fried egg, with carmelized onions, American Cheese and whole grain mustard stuffed in a pretzel roll.

The B.L.A.T.T.: Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Turkey & Tomato sandwich, served with basil pesto mayo.

Buffalo Shrimp Salad: Buffalo shrimp served over mixed greens, tossed with celery and carrots, drizzled with a crumbled bleu cheese dressing.

Roasted Eggplant & Parmesan Pizza Piccolo: A small pizza topped with roasted eggplant, fresh mozzarella and shredded parmesan cheese, served with a side of arugula salad.

Loaded Potato Soup: Served with bacon and cheddar.

Pomegranate Honey Smoothie, anyone?

The Grind Cafe is located at 2034 North Country Road, Wading River. Phone: 631-886-2203. Fax: 631-886-2205. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed Mondays.)