A local chef is putting a sandwich shop in the space at 508 East Main Street, left vacant by TJ’s Hero Shop this past spring.

Santosh Argueta, a 39-year-old Patchogue resident, saw a need in the area and is bringing his vision for what a good sandwich shop should be.

“Everybody is looking for a good sandwich,” he told GreaterPatchogue in a phone interview recently.

Argueta said that as busy as people are these days, a good sandwich shop is always in demand. He wants his selection of sandwiches to be as fresh, tasty, and convenient as possible for his customers.

He’s calling it the Roll and Bowl Grill.

The name will communicate that he’s not just your typical deli. He’s offering more. Plus, the name also rolls off the tongue.

“I tried to make it easy so people would remember,” he said. “And a little funny too.”

The “roll” says he’s a sandwich shop that will feature egg sandwiches for breakfast and heroes for lunch (whole and half heroes and of course, on a roll as well.)

He plans plenty of selections with options that include his house secret dressings. His best sandwich he thinks will be the Chicken Guacamole made of blackened chicken, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and topped with his own chipotle ranch sauce. He will also offer traditional sandwiches like turkey club, chicken salad, and paninis. He is also adding quesadillas to the menu.

The “bowl” part of the name refers to his offerings of salads and rice bowls.

The rice bowls will be like others you see around but he will also put his own twist on it. One item will feature salsa, onions, tomatoes, peppers and an option for protein (charbroiled steak, grilled, friend, buffalo, blackened chicken and shrimp.)

Another thing he touts is that he will offer a kids menu with options like mozzarella sticks and chicken fingers.

Argueta, who is married with two young children, has plenty of experience at local eateries. He spent 14 years behind the grill at Cricket’s in Sayville. He also spent 10 years cooking at Murtha’s Steak House in Bohemia.

Right now he is waiting on permits to begin fixing up the space and he hopes to open sometime in March.

Top: Roll and Bowl storefront from East Main Street (credit: Nicholas Esposito).