Bridgehampton Commons, where one can spot socialites shopping incognito at TJ Maxx, was recently rumored to be getting a new restaurant tenant: Papaya King. According to a recent tweet from HamptonsBorn:
"My customer in Water Mill quit his job at JPMorgan & is opening a PAPAYA KING in Bridgehampton Commons. I luv it when you citiots just SNAP!" For those unfamiliar with this baffling dining concept, the first Papaya King opened on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1932 and has since spawned numerous imitators (including Gray's Papaya and Papaya Dog). Long lines of inebriated people order such things as the Combo Number One, which is two hot dogs and a medium papaya juice for just $5. To put that in perspective, that's the same price one would pay for just 30 grams of Loaves & Fishes lobster salad.
But according to the folks at Bridgehampton Commons, although there is a vacant 1500-sq-ft space available next to the pizzeria, they're currently not allowed to add any additional restaurant tenants to the shopping center (the Suffolk County Health Department says they're currently at their max septic capacity). So, since the two current restaurants there don't seem to be going anywhere and given that the approval process to add a third could take up to a year, it doesn't look like there's going to be processed meats or tropical juices coming to Bridgehampton Commons anytime soon.