Stony Brook residents and students will soon be digging lobster rolls and mahi tacos at the former DP Dough location which was just outside of campus.
A DJ’s Clam Shack is slated to open in October at 1007 NY-25A, filling the vacancy left by student favorite DP Dough.
The DP Dough site announced in July it was shutting down for an unforeseen future.
For Paul Riggiao, the closure of the calzone smacked of opportunity.
Riggiao, 55, of Stony Brook, said he returned to his hometown four months ago. The vacant position was the perfect place for him and his childhood friend who became Jeff Gagnon’s third DJ, Clam Shack.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for the neighborhood,” Riggiao said. “I have a lot of friends who live here, I know a lot of people here so it should be fun.”
Neighborhood fun will include stuffed Maine lobster rolls, garlic-steamed clams, chicken fingers, crushed conch shells – and wine and beer to wash it all down.
The duo first teamed up four and a half years ago and own the clam shacks in Wantagh and Northport. Jeff Gagnon, the “J” of DJ’s, opened his first restaurant with Doug Bell in Key West, Florida, in 2009.
This DJ will be slightly different from other Long Island venues, Riggiao said, because the next restaurant won’t feature a full-scale dining room.
“It will be fast service and the exact same menu as other DJs on Long Island,” he said. “It’s going to be a bit more to go.”
The owner said there will be seating for around 16 customers at the counter with three or four picnic tables outside.
Riggiao, a self-described owner who frequently works at his other locations to handle day-to-day operations, said he is always looking to hire cooks and front desk staff.
“I hope the university will bring in staff,” Riggiao said. “But of course, hiring right now is very tricky. “
Above: Lobster Roll from DJ’s Clam Shack Wantagh photo gallery