Farmingville, NY - Supervisor Ed Romaine ant the Town board recently announced a program that allows restaurants with limited seating capacity due to COVID restrictions to stay open by utilizing vacant space within shopping centers to be used for expanded dining. The new Town program helps restaurants and their landlords in shopping centers apply for and secure required permits for the common dining areas, similar to food courts, contingent upon Suffolk County Health Department approval. Supervisor Romaine participated in the ribbon cutting of the Take-Out Inn in Stony Brook, the first location to receive approvals under this new program. Businesses and landlords interested in this program should contact the Brookhaven Town Planning Division at 631-451-6400.Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “This is a great idea that other communities should embrace to keep restaurants open and profitable throughout the pandemic. These are difficult times and government must be proactive so we can help businesses survive and keep their customers safe. With the onset of colder weather, fewer people want to dine outside. I commend Gloria Rocchio, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and the Stony Brook Village Center for being the first to jump on-board with this new initiative.”The “Take Out Inn” complies with all Center for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State COVID-19 pandemic guidelines and has been equipped with ionized generators in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to actively purify the air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors and other particles in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts. Customers inside the “Take Out Inn” will be able to access touchless menus by use of QR codes for Stony Brook Village Center restaurants, including Crazy Beans, Robinson’s Tea Room and Pentimento Restaurant, order their food and eat inside the heated facility.Pictured left to right are Lexi Davis, manager, Crazy Beans; Callie, Tim and Rocco Martino, owners, Crazy Beans; Dr. Richard Rugen, chairman, Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO); Supervisor Ed Romaine; Gloria Rocchio, President, Stony Brook Village Center; Charles Napoli, trustee, WMHO; Mary Van Tuyl, trustee, WMHO; Danielle Munoz, owner, Robinson’s Tea Room.