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Riverhead Project closed for now

The Riverhead Project in Riverhead, seen in 2011,

The Riverhead Project in Riverhead, seen in 2011, shut its doors on Sept. 6, 2014. The owner, Dennis McDermott, said he doesn't know when the restaurant will reopen. Credit: Heather Walsh

The Riverhead Project, the big, stylish restaurant that stands at the gateway to the North Fork, shut its doors on Sept. 6. Owner Dennis McDermott said that he was notified by his lawyers that some of his permits were no longer valid.

“I took on a new partner earlier this week,” he said, “and we have a new corporation. I thought that we could continue to operate under the old permits, but I found out on Saturday morning that we could not.”

Located in a restored midcentury modern Chase bank, the Riverhead Project has been one of Long Island’s most noteworthy restaurants since it opened in 2011. That year it was named Long Island's best new restaurant by Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti, and its executive chef Greg Ling earned three stars, as did Ling's successor, Lia Fallon. Fallon departed earlier this year (for Brewology in Speonk) and Arielle Ferrara took over the kitchen in May.

McDermott said he hoped to begin resolving the problems this week, but doesn’t know when the restaurant will reopen.