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Love Lane Market, the ambitious North Fork specialty grocer, has closed. Owner Michael Avella said in a statement that he was “not able to recover from the losses sustained from superstorm Sandy.” A power outage, predictably, ruined the shop’s perishable items; but when the power was turned back on, much of the equipment malfunctioned, fatally. Over the next year Avella tried to recoup his losses, but, he said, both insurance claims and numerous grant applications were denied.
Avella and his wife, Patti, opened Love Lane Market in August 2011. It was a natural partner to their successful restaurant, Love Lane Kitchen, which opened in 2007 and had become a North Fork mainstay. The spacious, elegant market, which opened just across the patio, sold a mix of high-end and imported groceries. It was the only retail outlet for Cutchogue-raised McCall beef. From its wood-burning oven issued excellent Neapolitan-style pizza. The rotisserie-roasted duck was tops.
In 2012, the Avellas sold Love Lane Kitchen to its general manager, Carolyn Iannone.
In his statement, Avella thanked “all the great friends and patrons who supported us over the years.”