Savannah Schwack knows all too well how much hungry partiers like their late-night treats.
While studying biology and playing lacrosse at Post University in Waterbury, Conn., the Manorville 24-year-old would wait in line for hours after midnight just to get inside a College Street cookie shop.
It was the perfect little treat after a night on the town, said Schwack, a former bartender who plans to open Munchies, a stay-open-late dessert shop, in downtown Patchogue this spring.
It will open around noon for the brunch crowd and will stay open as late as 3 a.m. on weekends for when the bars close. (Note: this is her goal for when late-night dining restrictions are lifted.)
Munchies, which will occupy the old Platinum Day Spa at 50 West Main St., will serve up warm homemade cookies, doughnuts, ice cream sundaes and tacos, and other tasty treats.
“We’re going to try and bring every dessert that’s not in town,” Schwack said.
This includes options for four-legged friends, with treats and ice cream made for pets.
While those late nights spent on the cookie line spurred her idea for Munchies, she also drew inspiration from her time behind the bar at Dublin Deck Tiki Bar and Grill.
“I’ve been around so many awesome people (that run the restaurant), they inspired me to be a business owner,” Schwack said. “Why would I want to work for someone when you truly see happiness is working for yourself and helping other people become who they can?”
One of her biggest inspirations is MacKenzie Miller, a manager at the Deck.
“She makes you want to be a better person,” Schwack said.
Schwack had worked with Miller for the last five years. In the beginning, Miller quickly took notice of Schwack’s skills.
“She is an incredibly hard-working woman, who is always eager to learn more,” Miller said. “She is someone who is not afraid to jump and take a chance.”
Armed with inspiration and great mentorship, Schwack, a lacrosse midfielder and basketball point guard during her time at Eastport-South Manor High School, looks forward to being her own boss.
“Growing up, I always wanted to do what I love, and being my own boss is it,” she said.
Check back at greatermoriches.com for Munchies’ opening date.