Time for some Hamptons restaurant news! First up, Dopo La Spiaggia ("After the Beach"), which opened in the Tutto il Giorno spot in Sag Harbor in June, will expand to the Race Lane space in East Hampton in October 2016. The new space features 136 seats (much larger than the 50 in Sag Harbor), as well as outdoor seating, a fireplace, and bar. Fans of co-owner and chef Maurizio Marfoglia’s southern Italian cooking will recognize many of his signature dishes, as well as brand new specialty items.
Word has it that LDV Hospitality, which owns the lease on the space in Sag Harbor that was B. Smith’s for so long, then Harlow, and currently Decker’s, is in talks to make a deal for a "more upscale seafood restaurant," according to Eater NY. LDV founder and president John Meadow told Eater, "Would we plan on doing something else in the Hamptons? Yes. Do I think it's the best space out there? Yes. We would like to do an entirely new seafood concept, but we don't have a deal yet.''
Two more bits of news: we’ve heard that longtime eatery Cafe Max in East Hampton will close in the fall—the usual story of rent being raised too high. And Wok n Roll in Montauk has closed, leaving Montauk with no Chinese restaurants. It’s been taken over by something called Soursop Tree.