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March 25, 2017
Oyster Bay café reopens with new flair
  • Craig Carlstrom served coffee to Christopher Lawton Flatters and a cookie to his daughter Eleanor, 9, in the new seating area of Periwinkles.
  • The owner of Periwinkles, Patrizia Spafford, center, with her staff at the grand reopening of the eatery.
By Lissa Harris

Fifteen years ago, when Patrizia Spafford decided to expand her Oyster Bay catering business, Periwinkles, to include a small café, the tiny storefront at 6 Audrey Ave. seemed the perfect spot.

“It was one of my catering clients, who also happened to be a realtor, who said it was time for me to get a place,” Spafford recalled. “When I saw this place, it was small, and I remember thinking, ‘Oh good, I can manage this.’”

Periwinkles has always been a family-oriented eatery true to its motto — “From our kitchen to your table.” The restaurant celebrated its grand reopening on March 4 with a ribbon cutting and an array of menu samples. Periwinkles offers a variety of coffees and teas, cookies, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and now complete dinners.

The main renovation was an enlargement of the café area to include more seating, something Spafford’s customer had long desired. But the renovations aren’t the only change at Periwinkles. For the first time, the café will offer family gourmet dinners to go.

“We’ve been ordering dinners from Pat for years,” said Rebecca Lawton Flotters, of Oyster Bay. “Now it’s an official service for everyone.”

Lawton Flotters, who attended the reopening with her husband, Chris, and their two children, Eleanor, 9, and Teddy, 3, was referring to Periwinkles’ new Gourmet to Go service. “The service is really for families that are busy and don’t have time to cook dinner after they pick their kids up from school,” said Alexander Spafford, Patrizia’s son and business colleague. “They can pick up our dinners to go and have more time to spend with their families.”

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