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Hamptons Restaurant News – The Hamptons Restaurant Shuffle

Submitted by on April 28, 2011 – 2:14 pmNo Comment

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By Heather Buchanan

There’s a saying in the Hamptons that you don’t lose your girlfriend, you just lose your turn.  What is true socially is also true on the Hamptons culinary scene.  With a limited number of Hamptons restaurant spaces there’s the inevitable swap and shop. Famed suburban seventies key parties are replaced by key money parties where leases can run as much as a half million for rights to the space.

Here’s the scoop:

new Almond Restaurant

The popular French bistro Almond is moving into the One Ocean space on Main Street in Bridgehampton with a May opening planned.  The location has a history as a meat market, literally.  In the ‘60’s, Muller’s Meat Market was famous for trading produce to Jackson Pollock for one of his paintings.  Not sure if you can barter an etching for a steak frites but you can make favorite cocktail and menu requests on twitter @almondhamptons.


In Amagansett Exile has been annexed into Randy Lerner’s other restaurant Meeting House. While some lament the loss of the more intimate space, Billy is still behind the bar there with a winning smile and very loyal female following.


Colin Keillor takes the reins at what was the old Laundry (as in the Farmhouse old Laundry and not the Lodge then Race Lane old Laundry.)  The Amagansett eatery is called Spring Close Restaurant featuring continental American fare with some international twists and is estimated to open the second week in May.  631-324-3444

Coming from Hamptons restaurant pros David Lowenberg and Kirk Basnight of red/bar brasserie is a new European style cafe on Jobs Lane in Southampton due to arrive in June called little red.  It will feature a New American and wine-friendly menu and have outdoor seating.  

On Shelter Island Alistair MacLean and John Sieni have bought the Olde Country Inn and their new La Maison Blanche Inn will include a brasserie restaurant with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients and future bakery.  Opens Friday April 29.


beachhouse restaurant East Hampton

Michael Gluckman is taking over the former Jean Luc’s Prime 103 spot in East Hampton which has sat empty for seasons.  The Beachhouse would be a counterpart to his Boathouse at the marina where Bostwick’s used to be before it moved to become Bostwick’s Chowder House on the Montauk Highway which was once A&B Snowflake.  Are you still following us?

A former Gluckman spot Bamboo is now Shiki (don’t say that after too many sakes) opened under a new owner Tony Lin who has a version in Smithtown.  Today is the last Thursday for the free sushi ritual (and their sushi is very good) so be sure to go and try half price watermelon martinis.  After that we could see hoards of East Hampton real estate agents go hungry.

Shiki 631 329-9821

Capri Hotel Southampton

It’s not easy to be a Hamptons sushi bar with the tragedy in Japan but now there’s new competition.  Nobu is apparently coming into the Capri Hotel in Southampton which was bought by partners in both the W South Beach and Surf Lodge.  Certainly they have the style and scene to make it a success especially with designer Cynthia Rowley creating interiors as well as opening a boutique – can’t wait to see how they transform the motel into a hotel.  Set to open Memorial Day.

Where Blue Sky used to be in Sag Harbor is now Page at 63 Main named after a famous Sag Harbor sea captain.  There’s an clectic menu and keep an eye out for a  juice café at rear.  631-725-1810

Claiming Obama made him do it Jerry Della Femina sold his eponymous restaurant which will become Hillstone’s East Hampton Grill from owners of the Palm Beach Grill.   If you want the explanation, he suggests you read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.  But by the time you finish it, of course, it will be another restaurant owner’s turn.

Certain wall flowers however are still up for grabs.  Both the former Pacific East in Amagansett and Lilypond in East Hampton are for sale for 4.5 million and 4.295 respectively.

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