Marc LaMaina is putting his vision for a Lucharitos taqueria and tequila bar in Center Moriches before the Brookhaven Town planning board next week.

As GreaterMoriches reported, LaMaina signed a lease for the former bakery at 177 Montauk Highway after a deal to buy the property hit a snag because of the government shutdown. Ther purchase is still in the works.

Marc LaMaina

Marc LaMaina is the owner Lucharitos taqueria and tequila bar. Credit: Carl Corry

On March 18, LaMaina will request that the planning board issue a change of use from a bakery to a 30-seat restaurant, including at 303-square-foot addition, covered walkway and two 8-foot by 10-foot walk-in freezers.

LaMaina said he’s “just floored from the positive feedback” he’s received by the community.

“Honestly, we could not be more excited about the location we chose,” LaMaina commented to a post on Facebook. “You all have an awesome community spirit and look out for each other. Can’t wait to meet you all and provide you with great food and drinks in a really special place!”