It’s been two years since Samy Sabil and Ryan Flatley took over a rundown shack on County Road 48 in Southold. In a former life the building had been a tool shop for Cessna airplanes, and before even thinking about a kitchen, the young men had to install a floor, insulation and Sheetrock.
Now the floors are down, the walls are up, tables are set, and the kitchen has passed its inspection. The restaurant opens on Wednesday, April 27, and Sabil and Flatley are honoring its humble back story by calling it The North Fork Shack. The menu and prices are pretty humble, too.
Sandwiches such as local fish with tomato, arugula and Old Bay aioli; pulled lamb with cucumber yogurt sauce and pickled vegetables; and a burger with the works on a pretzel bun are all less than $13. Starters include grilled calamari with fingerling potatoes ($6.25) and local clam chowder ($5.75). Among sides: sriracha coleslaw ($2) and shallot-dusted fries ($3.75).
The partners met when both were working at Southold’s North Fork Table & Inn, Sabil in the dining room, Flatley in the kitchen. In 2011 they left to form Creative Courses Catering, a business that they now will run out of the restaurant. Catering is going to take a back seat for the next few months, Sabil said, as they work to establish North Fork Shack as a casual local mainstay. “We don’t want to be the place you go to for special occasions,” he said. “We just want to serve food that is really good, fresh and interesting — at a good price.”
The North Fork Shack is at 41150 Country Rd. 48, Southold; 631-876-5566.