Legendary East Hampton restaurant The Laundry—in business for three decades as of this year, most recently at the Pantigo Road farmhouse in East Hampton that it took over from, er, the restaurant Farmhouse in Spring 2006—is, by all appearances, finished. A tipster sent the above photo this afternoon, noting, "People seen emptying chairs from The Laundry today; sheriff there!" And sure enough, follow-up phone calls to the restaurant find the number disconnected; Open Table says reservations for the restaurant "cannot be found." (Its website still functions, though.)
Though the restaurant long ago established itself as one of the leading lights of East End dining—remaining open all winter during eras in which offseason hours of operation were rare—times have been tougher as of late. The Laundry had entered bankruptcy proceedings in late 2009, filing for Chapter 11 protection to shade owner Stewart Kreisler from debts including $597,000 owed to the Suffolk County National Bank and $129,000 owed to the IRS. At the time, we noted, "Though still open five nights a week, the outlook is bleak." Indeed so. Assuming this is indeed the end of a run most restaurants would give anything to enjoy, R.I.P, The Laundry, 1980-2010.
· The Laundry Files For Chapter 11 [Curbed Hamptons]
· NYT Restaurant Review of The Laundry, 2006 [NYTimes]
· The Laundry [Official Site]