Sitting in the back at the Riverhead Diner and Grill, it’s sometimes difficult to hear Sunny Liszanckie and her husband, Jim, over the sound of a buzzing mechanical saw.
The couple is hard at work overhauling the longtime East Main Street eatery they purchased Jan. 13. Frequenters of the establishment need not worry, though.
The Liszanckies say they aren’t making any major changes. Rather, they’re “freshening up” the property, making sure to preserve the history of the popular eatery.
The Riverhead couple don’t plan any major changes to the place or the menu Strebel has been offering diners for decades.
“It will be freshened up,” Jim Liszanckie said. He means that literally. “We’ll be buying fresh produce from local farmers in season,” he said. There will be some new things added to the menu, but the old favorites — including liver and onions — will remain.
“We don’t want to change this place. We want to add to it,” Liszanckie said.
Greenport native Jim Liszanckie can’t stop grinning.
The 1992 Greenport High School graduate, who’s worked in restaurants and the food industry his whole life, is looking forward to owning his first restaurant in 2017.
“I’m so excited about it,” he said.
Liszanckie and his wife Sunny are buying the iconic Riverhead Diner and Grill on East Main Street, which turns 85 in 2017.
They anticipate a mid-January closing.