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HISTORY AS YOU LIKE IT

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The “History as You Like It” column continues this month with a new essay. As you know, the “History as You Like It” group is made up of volunteer writers who are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.  Some of their essays have a creative flair. Others are more document-based with notes and references. It depends on the style of the writer. All of the articles have a connection to Southold and are meant to spark interest in our local history! You can look for the column on the first Friday of each month.  
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This month, Joel Reitman recalls some of many Southold restaurants over the years. Come along and grab your driving gloves!
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“North Fork Food Trail”

A Recollection by Joel Reitman

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Here I am wishing I could go back in time and do a phantom food tour of this wondrous
place I call home, Southold, New York. What say we do just that? Come with me, hop in my car and off we shall go down a historic look at what was and what I now call the ‘North Fork Food Trail.’ Heard of the wine trail? Well on the this trail you feast on food not wine. So, it’s turn the key, release the clutch, step on the gas, hit the FM button and listen to Frankie Vali as we go east.
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First stop on Route 48, or is it Middle Road, or maybe ‘the North Road’…. okay, that’s enough; it’s another story. Our first stop is Hubba Hubba. Well, that’s long gone, turned into Johnny’s Drive In. There once was a real Saturday Fever night feeling here. But it isn’t Johnny’s anymore. It’s Erik’s Breakfast and Lunch. I don’t miss the car hops when the food is this good. 
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Next down the road is Ross’s North Fork Restaurant. That one I really miss, as well as
the next interpretation which was O’Mally’s. Now, it’s Señor Taco. No comment on the food as it hasn’t opened as of this writing. 
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But don’t get out of the car yet. We headed head down the road to another Ross’s. But it’s gone too, and is now called the Rotisserie and John Ross doesn’t own it. Oh well, sit tight, we will yet find Ross restaurant, after it’s ‘Farm to table’ right John?
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Hang on tight, we are turning down Youngs Avenue to, to Founders Tavern. Wasn’t that where the original Ross North fork Restaurant was located? Yes, and it’s across the street from the Grateful Deli, which was once my kids favorite eatery as Ropin’ Roys. Of course, prior to that it was The Quiet Man. But did you know what it was before all those restaurants? The Eagle Hook and Ladder Company.
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West of these two eateries is Maroni’s, now open for eating inside after all the COVID
restrictions. They took over the space when Jeni moved her Main Street Grill to an unused space near Hashamomuck Pond. Do you remember the Sea Shell Restaurant that was there before? It was followed by Cimini’s Italian Restaurant, then the Six Three One Diner and then Jeni’s Bistro. Across the street was Pepi’s, which is now Waypoint. PHEW.
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I’m getting hungry aren’t you. Which one will you pic – Michelangelo’s in Cutchogue,
the Old Barge, Fisherman’s Rest, Caci, or the Rhumb Line in Greenport? All gone too.
All those great places are gone, things change, but there are lots of great places taking their place. Just hit the North Fork Food Trail and try them out. Maybe you will let me know your favorite.
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(Note: We realize there are other restaurants that have been around and are not included here. These are the reminiscences of the writer.)
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APRIL SHOWERS DINNER

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Join SHM for our Annual April Showers Dinner. Tickets are $35 per person and includes gratuity. There will be a 50/50 at the door. Choice of Pot Roast or Chicken Alle or Vegetarian meal. Includes salad, dessert, and coffee or tea. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum office or by clicking the button below.
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TAKE OUT AVAILABLE.
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CHICKEN ALLE description: Sauteed Boneless Chicken Breast, Mushrooms, Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach, Pink Cream Sauce Over a Bed of Piping Hot Pasta.
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DISCOVER SOUTHOLD SCAVENGER HUNT!

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BOOK LAUNCH

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Southold Historical Museum is delighted to host the book release party of the brand-new historical novel by Mary Korpi entitled The Lady Lighthouse Keeper. The launch will be on Saturday, April 2 at 2pm at the Museum’s Ann Currie-Bell house located on the Maple Lane Complex at 55200 Main Road, Southold. The author will speak about her writing journey, what drew her to Stella’s story, and read a couple of passages from the book. Following the talk, there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to meet Mary Korpi. The Lady Lighthouse Keeper will be available for purchase and inscription by the author.
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Southold Historical Museum maintains a Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse which is the original keepers’ quarters. Additionally, museum volunteers (who are coincidentally coined “lighthouse keepers”) bring visitors up the tower and share insights into the lives of the lighthouse keepers and local nautical history. The Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse will reopen on May 28 for the 2022 season.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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April 2 at 2 PM
The Lady Lighthouse Keeper Book Launch with Mary Korpi
Ann Currie-Bell House, 55200 Main Rd., Southold
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April 7 from 12 NOON – 8 PM
April Showers Dinner
Front Street Station, 212 Front St., Greenport
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April 30
Scavenger Hunt
More info coming soon!
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Preview April 22, Live Bidding May 1 – 8
Virtual Silent Auction
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May 28
Horton Point Lighthouse reopening
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June 4 (Rain Date June 5)
Pickleball Tournament
More information and registration coming soon.
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SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL MUSEUM | www.southoldhistorical.org|631-765-5500 |info@southoldhistorical.org
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Horton Point Lighthouse / Opens May 28th 

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Southold Historical Museum | 54325 Main Road, PO Box 1, Southold, NY 11971
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