Deeds and Dont’s

The inside scoop on Hamptons real estate

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New Kids on the Block
Summer’s here, which means it’s time to do the Hamptons shuffle. In a land where Main Street buildings sell for up to $7 million, key money for a restaurant can be $500,000, and retail rent can reach $45,000 per month, a fresh crop of restaurants and retailers pops up every summer to attract the well-heeled crowd. Here, we welcome the newcomers, bid adieu to those who’ve left, and track any movers and shakers to their new digs.

On the home decor front, Sweden-based Lexington Clothing Company arrived in red, white, and blue style with its first store in the U.S., at 73 Main Street in East Hampton. Designer Kristina Lindhe offers classic American furnishings, decorating services, and clothing for the “casual luxury” lifestyle.

Navigating the world on a 12-country shopping trip is one thing, but navigating the Architectural Review Board in historic Sag Harbor Village is quite another. After a two-year odyssey, designer Natasha Esch has opened the doors to MONC XIII at 40 Madison Street. Upon buying the building, she did a top-to-bottom renovation with architect Martin Sosa, retaining the authentic historic flavor while opening up the space to showcase eclectic, elegant home accessories and vintage furniture. Thrilled with her new location, Esch says, “There’s a great quality of life in Sag Harbor, and ‘the good life’ is what we sell here.”

Just across the street, Mona Nerenberg has expanded Bloom to the small cottage behind the main store, stocked with antiques and contemporary home and garden items in her signature nature-inspired palette. And C. sells by the seashore for entrepreneur Chris Burch: A branch of his C. Wonder empire is popping up for the summer in Southampton at 5 Main Street. The lifestyle brand offers everything from flip-flops to picnic baskets to roller skates with an American-seaside edge. For non-Black Card-carrying fashionistas, the shop promises an average price of $40.

With only so many spaces to fill in a highly competitive market, the Hamptons restaurant scene resembles a game of musical chairs. Whether you left your chair or were bumped out of it, someone is always waiting to take your spot. Memorial Day announces a brand-new seating chart.

Top Hamptons restaurateur David Loewenberg of the Beacon, Fresno, and redbar, along with partner and executive chef Sam McCleland, has taken over the former Oasis in Sag Harbor to open the new Bell & Anchor. The waterfront marina restaurant at 3253 Noyac Road has undergone a total renovation and a breezy style update from David’s wife, designer Sarah Loewenberg, and will specialize in seafood.

Both Boathouse and Beachhouse have drifted far, far away. Frank Cilione and partners are opening the Hamptons Players Club in the former Beachhouse location at 103 Montauk Highway in East Hampton. The equestrian/polo–themed restaurant includes a formal dining room, casual outdoor beer garden with fireplace, and VIP lounge. We hear straight from the horse’s mouth that Cilione is here to stay with an 11-year lease. With a crossover crowd from Palm Beach Polo, you may catch Nic Roldan and Nacho Figueras competing (albeit over Ping-Pong) in the garden.

Newcomer Andrra takes over the waterside setting that Boathouse (formerly Bostwick’s) used to occupy on Gann Road on Three Mile Harbor. Owners Sami Krasniqi (who is the executive chef), Noti Krasniqi, and Rich Silver, along with consulting chef William Valentine, are bringing a Mediterranean concept to the recently renovated venue, which will also include a late-night lounge. Closer to town, look for the Meatpacking District favorite Beaumarchais to open in the former Philippe Chow space and bring its “Beau Brunch” à la plage.

Nello is now Nammo. (Say that three times fast.) Nammo Estiatorio is opening a new self-named restaurant and club at 136 Main Street in Southampton in the charming former Old Post House. And Pomme Café is out at 16 Main Street in Sag Harbor, replaced by Muse in the Harbor, which recently relocated from Water Mill complete with tropical-fish-tank centerpiece and new American menu from chef/owner Matthew Guiffrida.

Meanwhile, just when it seemed Citarella had cornered the Hamptons’ fine-foods market, Whole Foods announced that it’s popping up at the former Plitt Ford dealership in Wainscott. Expect an abundance of Whole Paycheck jokes all summer long.

Surf lodge: Rob Rich

Rough Seas ahead for the Surf Lodge?
After protracted legal wrangling and bitter squabbling between longtime Montauk residents and part-time resident partygoers, the owners of the Surf Lodge have decided to bail out. As a parting gift, they leave the reported new owner, Montauk Properties LLC, headed by Michael Walrath, with 686 alleged violations of town code to address. These range from an illegal hot-dog truck to no certificate of occupancy. Will the neighborhood be facing another jam-packed summer? That deafening roar is the loyal Lodgers’ “Yea” to the locals’ “Nay.”

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