This article written by NICK ESPOSITO and was originally published in GreaterRonkonkoma
Popular downtown Farmingdale restaurant, VESPA Italian Kitchen & Bar, is coming to Ronkonkoma’s new Station Yards development, the developers have announced.
TRITEC Real Estate Company and the owners of the Italian eatery inked a lease deal for a 5,940-square-foot restaurant at the LIRR station. The deal was brokered by Maria Valanzano, Steve D’Orazio, and Jake Horowitz of Colliers.
The restaurant is scheduled to open its doors in the spring of 2024.
“Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar perfectly aligns with the kind of Long Island restaurant we aimed to attract to Station Yards,” said Steven D’Orazio, senior vice president at Colliers. “Their presence will undoubtedly solidify Station Yards as a top-tier destination for dining and entertainment in Suffolk County.”
The owner of Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar is Benedetto LoManto, who said the community welcomed him with “open arms” when he opened in 2016.
“I hope to build a similar rapport within Ronkonkoma and the adjacent communities,” LoManto said in an announcement.
The concept Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar includes authentic Sicilian recipes from LoManto’s hometown of Castellammare del Golfo, which includes a variety of pastas and brick-oven pizzettes. The restaurant also offers a private label of Carbernet and a locally brewed Italian-style pilsner.
“I’ve been hesitant to expand the Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar concept, that is, until I was introduced to the Station Yards project,” said LoManto. “I was, and still am, in awe of TRITEC’s vision and execution of building an entire downtown area that will benefit Ronkonkoma and all of Long Island.”
Once Station Yards is finished, the development will feature 1,450 apartments, 195,000 square feet of retail space, and 360,000 square feet of commercial space. The latest development phase of the project is slated to be finished in 2024.
Last month, it was announced that the Great South Bay Brewery will also be expanding to Ronkonkoma.