Long Island’s first kava tea bar is now open in Patchogue.
From Wednesday to Saturday, Island Kava will be running on soft opening hours at 73 North Ocean Avenue.
Next Wednesday, Feb. 12., the owners will swing their doors open for a grand opening starting at 4 p.m.
To learn more about Island Kava keep reading for our prior coverage.
After a hard day of training, it was typical to find Long Island native and UFC fighterRyan LaFlareat a kava tea bar.
“I would take [kava tea] to relax and take the edge off,” said LaFlare, who would enjoy thePolynesian-based beverage while he lived in Florida.“I was always like, ‘Why isn’t there anything like this in New York?’”
For the uninitiated, kava is extracted from aPiper methysticumplant. The tea is widely used as a social drink within South Pacific cultures tocalmanxiety, stress and restlessness. And to treat sleeping problems, according toWebMD.
LaFlare estimates there are around 100 kava bar nationwide, with none currently operating on Long Island.
But that is soon to change.
After the West Islip resident retired in October from professional mixed martial arts with a 13-3-0 record, he partneredwith longtime friend Eric Ott to build their own kava bar in downtown Patchogue.
Plans for their venture, Island Kava, a 1,200-square-foot tea bar at 73 North Ocean Avenue (in the former home of SubZero, then Freezology Craft Creamery) were approved by the village Planning Board late last month.
“We picked Patchogue because of all the positive things we’ve heard about it,” said LaFlare, who was raised in Lindenhurst.
“We’re looking to be an alcohol alternative, all-natural drinks, with different flavors and types,” said the 35-year-old, who will be importing his products from New Guinea, Fiji and Hawaii.
In addition to kava, Island Kava will be serving other tea beverages, such as kombucha and the highly-caffeinatedYerba Matetea.
Top: Inside look at Island Kava in Patchogue (credit:Facebook).