PeraBell Food Bar has closed its location on the River.

The building was sold to an investor and the closure happened on Tuesday, according to Isaac Israel of Richmond Realty.

“An investor bought it,” Israel said in an interview today. “We are looking for a tenant,” he said. There is interest in the site, he said.

“Almost too much guardian,” Israel noted.

PeraBell remains open and operates in its first place in Patchogue. Restaurant owners John Peragine and Scott Campbell opened a second location in Riverhead, called PeraBell Food Bar East, on East Main Street in June 2015.

The pizza oven was removed from PeraBell on July 1st. Photo: Peter Blasl

Peragine and Campbell bought the building from Bridghampton National Bank, which had taken over the title of owner of Cody’s Closed BBQ in June 2014. The partners completely remodeled the building, inside and out before it opened.

Peragine declined to comment on the story.

PeraBell is the third restaurant on Main Street to close its doors since the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the economy last year – particularly hitting the restaurant industry. Sunny’s Dinner and Grill is closed, as is Michelangelo’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

Despite recent closures, Riverhead Main Street still boasts more than 16 restaurants, not counting restaurants, groceries and brewery just for taking, between Mill Road and Ostrander Avenue. Renovations are underway at the former Hy-Ting Restaurant, which closed in 2018 after its beverage license was revoked by the state. The building owners have vacated the first floor and plan to open a new restaurant there, with two apartments on the second floor.

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