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Week In Review: Nisen 347 Opens, First Taste at Whisper Vineyards

Catch up on the latest news out of Smithtown: Dec. 1 - 7.

Nisen 347 will open its doors to customers on Thursday, Dec. 5. (Photo Credit: Sara Walsh)
Nisen 347 will open its doors to customers on Thursday, Dec. 5. (Photo Credit: Sara Walsh)

Nisen 347 Opens Near Smith Haven Mall

Sushi lovers can enjoy two stories of sushi in the Smithtown area on Thursday night with the opening of Nisen 347, located at the intersection of Middle Country Road and Route 347. 

Owner Tom Lam said Nisen 347 will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday to serve dinner. Reservations can be made for those eager to dine at the contemporary sushi restaurant, while the bar and lounge are open only to walk-in customers. 

Lil' Builders Sets Up Shop in Nesconset
A new party and play place for kids is readying for a late December opening on Terry Rd. in Nesconset.

Lil' Builders, a Lego lovers delight, is hoping to stack up the fun for kids with mommy and me classes, birthday parties and after school brick classes.

Gilly Hicks to Shutter Mall Location Next Month

Intimate apparel retailer Gilly Hicks will be shuttering all stores by early next year, including its location in the Smith Haven Mall.

Owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, the chain was intended to compete with stores like Victoria’s Secret and Aerie. According to a statement, the first store was opened in 2008. There are about 20 locations in the United States.


St. James Vineyard Offers First Tastes of Its Reserve, Estate Wines

Wine lovers are flocking to St. James' newest vineyard to raise a glass and sample the one of six handcrafted Long Island vintages. 

Whisper Vineyards has released five of its first wines in its new St. James tasting room, which opened on Nov. 25 despite controversy. The refurbished Borella farm stand on Edgewood Avenue now serves as a refined boutique serving wines that are nearly 10 years in the making. 

Sweet Tomato's Brick Ovens Churn Out Fresh Pizzas

A native French man with a self-described passion for good food is firing up pizzas in St. James' newest Italian restaurant. 

Gilles Clusel, owner of Sweet Tomato Brick-Oven Pizzeria & Grill, is finding his restaurant's niche offering an array of crispy thin-crust pizzas and more classical Italian fare after opening in October. 

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