Smithtown has a new catch

September 9, 2012 by  

These days on Lawrence Avenue, it is easy to feel like a ‘fish out of water’, at least for Laura Shea, owner of Smithtown’s newest restaurant.

Fresh Catch Market & Grill, which opened at the end of August, is a change from other eateries in the area. The market sells fresh fish and also offers a dine-in or take-out menu – a winning combination judging by the initial response of local customers during the opening weekend.

Corey Pronsky, the market’s manager, said:

“The weekend was great. The response was better than expected. People have been buying fresh fish. We’re happy.”

Like area residents, the business community also appreciates the opening of a new restaurant. For local food suppliers, the potential benefits are obvious but other businesses also stand to profit. For example, to a print company, it could mean a boost to the bottom line, with the possibility of an increased order of flyer printing.

Though Shea has no former experience in the fish industry, Pronsky certainly does. He has worked on lobster boats and at the Port Jefferson fish market in the past, which is why Shea asked him to manage her business.

In addition to regular menu items that includes broiled, fried, and grilled dinners, clams on the half shell, and fresh shrimp cocktails, changing daily specials will also be offered.

Shea noted that she chose to open her business in Smithtown because of the high foot traffic in the area and the uniqueness of the area. Located next to the Crystal Cleaners, Fresh Catch Market & Grill is open from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 10:00 am – 8:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.