A Fond Farewell to Greenport’s Trailblazing Cuvée Bistro & Bar

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I’m sad to report that Cuvée Bistro & Bar is closing its doors after 15 years of business in Greenport. The popular and groundbreaking boîte, located at 326 Front Street, will bid its final farewell on Monday, September 7.

The beloved restaurant will be closing due to a family health issue, according to owner Deborah Pittorino. Her husband, Bill Pittorino, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last summer, resulting in numerous surgeries and myriad treatments. Please join me in sending out positive thoughts to the family as Bill undergoes a new round of chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering and as he continues to seek other treatment options.

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Those involved and interested in the local food scene know that Deborah, one of the first highly successful female chefs in the area, is also a pioneer in the North Fork farm-to-table and sustainability movement. She and her staff have also been instrumental in establishing the East End as a destination wine region.

The Pittorinos extend a most heartfelt thank you to their partner vineyards, especially Richard Olsen and the team at Bedell Cellars and Joann D’Angelo and the Petrocelli family at Raphael Vineyards, who supported them so fervently throughout the years. In addition, they are extremely grateful to all of the local friends who celebrated so many special moments and to residents like Jane Ratsey Williams whose advice and support for their concept helped them make the dream a reality. A special thanks to farm stands County View, Sep’s and Lathams as well as to oyster farmer Karen Rivera at Peconic Pearls along with the many other vendors with whom they worked over the years.

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“Owning and operating the restaurant in this community has been an incredible experience in a place where we not only built our business but also developed the most wonderful friendships,” says Deborah. “Over the years we have watched our customers get married, have children, build businesses, celebrate anniversaries, birthdays and so many other celebrations. We do still hope to celebrate with our community for years to come. I’m filled with infinite gratitude for these special friendships and value them even more at this time.”

As Cuvée Bistro & Bar shutters, the hotel will remain open and all key employees will remain in place. Both Deborah and Bill Pittorino wish to thank the community for their friendship, patronage, love and support.

Learn more at http://www.thegreenporter.com or call (631) 477-0066 for reservations now through Monday, September 7.

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