New Businesses Bloom in the Spring

Ok, so it’s maybe stretching things a bit to call a business that’s been open since December 9, 2016 “new,” but fresh blooms on daffodils still seem new even if the bulbs have been in the ground for years. And although some kind of food store has been operated on the same Jessup Avenue site for almost 100 years, the four-months-old Q Foods, aka Quogue Country Market, seems brand spanking new.

Owner Reggie Sethi was away when At Quaquanantuck stopped in at the bright, airy, super clean and well laid-out deli and grocery this week, getting his seasonal market in Cherry Grove on Fire Island ready to open this weekend for its traditional six-month span.

In his stead, manager Tommy Panebianco, who worked for a decade with Reggie at the Cherry Grove market, kindly took the time to talk about Q Foods, plans for the upcoming summer season in Quogue, and some of the specials and services that make the new market stand out.

Orange and other extra healthy fresh squeezed juices are available at the juice bar, including the Twist (orange and carrot juice); the Anti-Oxidizer (lemon, blueberry and pear); the Citron Cure (mango, pineapple and lemon) and the Detoxifier (apple, beet, carrot, and fresh parsley). Want to go healthier than thou? Try “the Green Juice” combo of romaine, cucumber, fresh parsley, ginger, apple and lemon.

Along with all manner of smoothies, the reanimated market has one of the trendiest (for good reason) and most fortifying treats on the West or East Coast: acai bowls. Cold brew coffee—which Tommy says is “a little more potent” than typical iced coffee—is on tap from kegs.

Along with all manner of breakfast combinations (including a variety of omelets), signature sandwiches, wraps, paninis and a selection of burgers (including vegetarian and turkey), Tommy noted that the market’s four-step Tex Mex Bar will be geared up and ready to go this weekend, with burritos, tacos, quesadillas, soft tacos, and burrito and salad bowls.

Q Foods offers free delivery from Westhampton to East Quogue and catering services. Summer hours will be starting this weekend or shortly thereafter: Sunday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The phone number is the same as it ever was: 631-653-4191; the website is Now hiring cashiers and deli clerks.

If you haven’t been in to check out the market, you owe it to yourself and your appetite to step inside and look around. And see if you can find the affable Tommy and give him and the new Q Foods a proper welcome to our (for too long deli deprived) community.  

More next week on another new business in town, Big Buddha Yoga, located down the drive on the north side of the Quogue Liquor Store on Jessup Avenue. Among the questions At Quaquanantuck will attempt to answer about the yoga/barre studio is: why “Big”?

Safe Boating, Bay Friendly Landscaping, Wednesday Matinee at Library

As the weather, thankfully, starts to warm up, the Quogue Library will the site once again of a Safe Boating Course, offered this year on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by Rich King, Division Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 18-06, the course covers boat handling, trailering, navigation rules, common problems, and safe boating practices. Successful completion of this six-hour course satisfies New York State education requirements for Personal Watercraft (i.e. Jet Ski) operation and may qualify for boating insurance discounts. The course also meets Suffolk County requirements.

Students must be at least 10 years old to attend this class. Breaks will be provided and those taking the class may bring a snack or lunch. Register by calling the library at 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

Programs are not limited to the weekends alone at the library. On Tuesday, April 18, for example, Peconic Baykeeper Sean O’Neill will offer some practical advice on Bay Friendly Landscaping at 6 p.m.

Topics will include the importance of reducing synthetic pesticides and fertilizers for bay health, and natural techniques for achieving beautiful landscapes. Practical examples of bay-friendly techniques will be given, as well as a discussion of the proper plants to use in a coastal Long Island landscape.

Then, for the Wednesday Matinée on Wednesday, April 19, the library will screen the film “A Man Called Ove” (2016) at 2 p.m.

In this PG-13 rated film, the central character is Ove, a grumpy, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave. He decides to give up on life altogether until an unlikely friendship develops with a boisterous young family that moves in next door.

Register or reserve a seat for any and all programs at the library by calling 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

Be sure to mark all calendars (including on your smart phone) for the Earth Day Celebration at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email and ask to be put on the mailing list, or just to visit and feel free to follow.

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