In spite of the downpour of rain last Friday, Bellport Village’s scheduled “Bellport Nights” event welcomed many people to their businesses and restaurants. This event was …
In spite of the downpour of rain last Friday, Bellport Village’s scheduled “Bellport Nights” event welcomed many people to their businesses and restaurants. This event was intended to extend the outdoor space of local businesses.
The cozy pizza parlor, Café Castello, was open and had a consistent flow of customers throughout the day. There were several groups of teenagers sitting outside the cafe in the light rain, enjoying a coffee or a slice a pizza. Nicola (Nick) Gagliardi, owner of the café, was happy that people were still willing to come out.
The home goods store, Copper Beech, was also teeming with business and happy customers.
“It’s crazy because since the pandemic started, we’ve been getting more customers not from around here... they like that we’re such a small business; it’s safer than going to a huge grocery store,” said Copper Beech employee Will Sideri, 22, of Medford.
On the east side of the village, on the corner of Academy Lane and South Country Road, Avino’s Italian Table was able to accommodate some outdoor seating with large tents, when it began to rain heavily. Meredith Italiano said that her business has been consistent, even though the shutdowns have limited the number of people that are allowed in her restaurant. She has also revealed that her business has tripled since the pandemic started.