Friday, March 7, 2014

Bringing Sexy Back to Riverhead

Gianna Volpe Photo: James Hall Jr. (Left) and Calvin Kerr (Right) said Feb. 23 they signed a contract with Steve Siegalwaks of Green Earth Grocers to open JC's Cafe and Lounge in the back portion of the 50 E. Main St. building.

By Gianna Volpe

A new business in downtown Riverhead, JC's Cafe and Lounge, will have a soft opening at 8 p.m. next Saturday, March 15,according to co-owner and executive chef, Calvin Kerr. 

"We'll have signage by the rear entrance, which will be open between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. next Saturday night," Kerr, a Bellport Village resident, said of The soft opening. "We're also building a wall to separate us from the market with French doors in it so there will also be access to the lounge from the front."

No formal permit applications for the business had been filed with Riverhead Town as of March 7.

"We want to bring the sexy back to Riverhead," Kerr said Feb. 23 of the ultimate goal he and co-owner James Hall Jr. have for JC's Cafe and Lounge. "We've got a 52-inch television coming in, couches, ottomans, candles, lanterns and dim lighting. We want our customers to be comfortable."

Hall Jr., a Shirley resident who will serve as the business's floor manager, said he wants to ensure customers not only feel comfortable, but safe.

"I want this to be something where you can kick it and relax and don't have to worry about nothing," he said. "Our couches are going to be so comfortable that you may find yourself falling asleep in them and the guys I've got lined up [for security] are bigger than me."

Kerr and Hall Jr. do not yet have a liquor license for JC's Cafe & Lounge, but said customers are welcome to bring their own alcohol.

The establishment's menu of "eclectic food with a hippie gourmet style" was created by Kerr, a Jamaican native who said his 14 years in the restaurant industry began with a six-year stint at Gurney's Resort and Spa in Montauk.

"I'm really excited," he said of the imminent opening planned for JC's Cafe & Lounge. "This is the culmination of my career.

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