NOLE Café, an acronym for natural, organic, life experience, is planned to fill a portion of the former Dollar King space at 90 East Main Street in Patchogue Village.
MacKenzie Miller, 23, and her business partner and Patchogue native Bob Venero plan to open this organic juice bar with açai bowls and chopped salads as offerings on the natural and healthy menu.
Miller, a Bayport resident and Belmont Abbey College graduate, is a certified health and wellness coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is no stranger to the Patchogue restaurant scene. She grew up managing and tending bar at her father Mark Miller’s establishments, the Harbor Crab Co. and Dublin Deck. It was while she was away at college that she found her passion for nutrition and decided to bring it back to her hometown.
“I couldn’t be more proud of her; she is the oldest of my four children and is a mentor,” said Mark Miller. “No matter how many times I offer help, she always says, ‘I got it, dad.’ If she opens this business and carries it the way she carries everything she does in life, which is 110 percent effort, 110 percent of the time, she will be very successful.”
Patchogue Village planning and zoning coordinator Carol Giglio said the building was approved for subdivision on Jan. 24 of this year, but no individual applications have been made as of yet. Miller said she intends to file an application with the planning and zoning board after all her plans are put together.
For now, planning has begun. She said she wants the juice bar to have the feel of any other bar on the block but with healthy options as the draw. There will be an earthy feel with green and wood accents as well as comfortable seating and open, airy bifold doors. Eventually, she said, she wants to expand outdoors to feature outdoor seating.
“I want to use the same layout and theme as any bar on Main Street, but make it different and unique,” she said. The café will also provide health consultations for clients, outfitted with a selection of health coaches. “I want this to be a health hub, where people are comfortable to sit down, relax and enjoy.”
In addition to chopped salads and cold-press juices, she said the menu will also feature a naughty but nutritionally nice selection, with deep fried plantains to keep things interesting. All the food and fruit, she said, will be sourced locally with seasonal options.
“I really want people to be comfortable here and make ordering stress-free,” she added. “It will be a place for everyone, from the fitness guru to the person who doesn’t know anything about healthy eating.”
Miller anticipates an end-of-the-year opening. For more information, visit nolecafe.com or NOLE Café on Facebook and Instagram.