Claudio’s Keeping It in the Family

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Isn’t this a pretty picture? I sure wish I took it but I didn’t; it’s the landscape image from Claudio’s FB page. Well done. 

Looks like the Claudio family is going to give it at least one more summer season after all. According to reports, what had been an imminent sale of the oldest same-family-run restaurant in the United States fell through earlier this month. But instead of throwing in the towel or letting their landmark Greenport eatery sit vacant, the Claudio gang (which includes Bill, Jerry and Jan Claudio, and Kathy and Beatrice Tuthill) is ready to re-up and reopen their namesake restaurant in early April.

During its annual opening party, which will be held on Friday, April 7, the 147-year-old restaurant will serve $1.47 glasses of wine and beer. As for the other fooderies in the family business, Claudio’s Clam Bar will open on April 27 and Crabby Jerry’s will serve its first customers of the season on May 25. Read more about it in the Northforker, which broke the story two days after this post appeared on March 14 on Facebook:

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And be sure to head to Claudio’s Facebook page to keep abreast of all the latest happenings.

 

East End Entertainment News

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Aaron Paul’s Hulu series, “The Path,” has been filming all over the East End as of late. According to published reports, the show, which also stars Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, was set to shoot in Sag Harbor yesterday. I haven’t seen it myself yet but have read reports that a film crew has been spotted out and about. Series stars were spotted on Front Street, Carpenter Street and inside Claudio’s restaurant in Greenport on Monday. They had previously filmed in Westhampton Beach in August.

The plot of the show, which started streaming in March of this past year, focuses on a man who decides to join an unknown and mysterious cult, the Meyerist Movement, in upstate New York. The season two premiere will stream in early 2017.

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In other entertainment-type news, Amagansett resident Scarlett Johansson is also filming a movie out east. It’s called “Rock That Body” and it’s also starting Kate McKinnon, Demi Moore, Ty Burrell and Zoe Kravitz.

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Definitely not a drama, it’s about a male stripper ends up dead at a beach house during a bachelorette party weekend. The comedy is shooting in Southampton, made to look like Miami.

Turnabout is fair play. If I’ve got a bikini photo of Scarlett Johansson, then I should also run one of Ty Burrell. Right?  : )

 

And renowned Swedish artist Jacob Felländer, co-owner of c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, isn’t an actor but his work–three large-scale, kaleidoscopic photographs–is being featured in a film staring Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway. The pictures hang in the home shared by Cage and Gershon, who play a husband and wife in the movie. It’s called “Inconceivable”( which always makes me think of Wallace Shawn in that scene from “The Princess Bride but I digress) and it’s set for release in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claudio’s Is Open & Ready to (Lobster) Roll

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Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport is officially back and open for the season. No reported word yet on the (new?) ownership but it looks like full steam ahead for this perennial summertime favorite. Also, did you know that the home of the award-winning lobster roll has a live rooftop camera? Cool. I don’t know why but I’m a sucker for these nifty gadgets. Here’s the link.

Can’t wait to pop in for a bite to eat? The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (approximate and depending on the weather) every day except Wednesday. Want to get even closer to the action? Looks like Claudio’s is hiring bartenders, waitstaff, a floor manager and a GM.

Feeling peckish? Here are the menus.

Hamptons Restaurant Week & Other Tasty Food News

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Bostwick’s is opening in two days! Woohoo!!!

Hamptons Restaurant Week is upon us again. Yippee!
This year’s promotion runs through Sunday, April 10. All participants will offer a special three-course prix fixe menu, with three options per course, for $27.95. Participants include: Nick & Toni’s, Fresno and 1770 House in East Hampton; Baron’s Cove, Page at 63 Main, Bell & Anchor and Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor; Red Bar and Shippy’s in Southampton; 1 North Steakhouse, Rumba Cowfish and Sundays on the Bay in Hampton Bays; Dockers and Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue; and The Patio in Westhampton Beach. Ooh, and there’s even more on the North Fork. Click here for all participating eateries. Now, where shall we make rezzies?

Can’t get enough of a great thing? Have no fear. Long Island Restaurant Week will be held from April 17 through April 24. Enjoy!

More good news. According to the North Forker, Claudio’s will be back! The Greenport institution, which has been reportedly purchased, will open for the season on Tuesday, April 1. Here’s more info from past posts.

Oooh, and Bostwick’s Chowder House opens for the 2016 season on Thursday, April 7. Best fish tacos ever.

Come next Tuesday, April 12, Almond in Bridgehampton will throw a party celebrating 15 years in the Hamptons. The milestone will be marked with a cocktail party from 7 to 9 p.m. Passed hors d’oeuvres, highlighting favorite items from the last 15 years, and cocktails will be served featuring donations from Amber Waves Farm, Southern Wine & Spirits, Channing Daughters Winery and Paumanok Winery. Tickets are only $40 in advance or $50 at the door. All proceeds will benefit local photographer Eric Striffler who recently lost his home to a fire.

The Golden Pear has two new reasons to celebrate. The East End restaurant chain has been named as a charter member of the Fred Bollaci Enterprises and Global Healthy Gourmet international family of healthy gourmet destinations. I’m not really sure exactly what that means but it’s happy news, they say. Additionally, all four locations–Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton–will now offer a Healthy Kids Breakfast & Lunch Menu. Good.

Eats at Topping Rose will officially pass. The former Tom Colicchio-run restaurant will change hands to Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Sad about one and can’t wait to try out the other!

Sadly, we’ve lost a few local boîtes, including  Winston’s in East Hampton, Fresh Hamptons in Bridge and Harlow and Doppio in Sag Harbor. It’s always a bummer to hear about when something that people work so hard for fails. Gossip is that Michael Gluckman and Shane Dyckman will be opening up a joint called The Service Station in the old Winston’s/Nichol’s spot and Ron Perelman will create an East End outpost of Le Bilboquet from the city in the former Harlow/B.Smith’s waterside space. No word on the Fresh or Doppio spots yet.

Lastly, here’s some news from the East Hampton Supervisor’s Office:

Four staff members from Ruschmeyer’s restaurant in Montauk pled guilty on March 28, 2016 to charges stemming from a staff beach party this past summer that left litter strewn about Navy Beach in Montauk. As part of the plea arrangement, each defendant was fined $1,500 dollars by the Honorable Steven Tekulsky in East Hampton Justice Court.

“This was an egregious transgression by the staff of a local business,” said Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell. “These significant fines, totaling $6,000, are a testament to the fact that the Town will not condone such reckless disregard for our natural resources.”

Other defendants had previously pled guilty and paid smaller fines on camping and littering charges, but the four who pled guilty on March 28—Tyler Aposhian, Fiona Bourke, Johnathan Crowley, and Dylen Power—were the ringleaders responsible for the party.

“To their credit, the management of Ruschmeyer’s addressed the situation as soon as they became aware of the actions of their staff, but honestly, it was too little, too late. There is no excuse for the beach to ever be placed in that condition,” Supervisor Cantwell said.

 

Claudio’s in Greenport Looks to the Future

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Claudio’s Restaurant recently posted this image on social media with the caption “Soon enough, fans. Soon enough.”

Still no official word yet (at least that I’ve seen) about the reported upcoming closing date for the sale of Claudio’s Waterfront Restaurants, including Claudio’s, Claudio’s Clam Bar and Crabby Jerry’s in Greenport since my post five days ago. Crickets.

The restaurant’s social media sites are active and seem to be pointing to the future. Posts on Facebook and Twitter include these messages and images about Valentine’s Day and summertime lobster rolls.

So interesting. I’m on the edge of my seat.

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Claudio’s Restaurant recently posted this image on social media with the caption “What will you for your lobster this Valentine’s Day? There’s always a gift card for the 2016 season.”

 

 

 

 

A Claudio’s Closing

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Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport, a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1870 and recognized as the longest continuously-family owned  restaurant in the United States, has been sold, according to a news story posted by  Southold Local yesterday. The legendary Greenport Village  harborfront eatery, which is currently closed for the season, is in contract and the sale is expected to close in mid-February, says the report.

No word from the Claudio family yet on the official website, though the restaurant posted this on Twitter yesterday.

Back in October,  The Suffolk Times broke the news that restaurateur Michael Barrett– who Hamptons residents might know by his association with  Montauk’s Shagwong and Harlow East in Sag Harbor–had applied for a liquor license for the Claudio’s property. This year would mark the 146th season for the landmark seafood eatery.

Here’s my latest Post update — January 23.  –HPG

 

Neighbor to the North Has Historic Roots

Dawn Watson photo.

Dawn Watson photo.

Greenport’s own Claudio’s, a National Historic Landmark that first opened in1870, was just featured in a USA Today story on the country’s oldest dining establishments. Good for them.

Fun fact: Claudio’s, more than 140 years old, has been recognized as the oldest continuous same-family-owned restaurant in the United States, according to Bill Claudio.

To see the USA Today feature and restaurant slide show, click here:

http://experience.usatoday.com/food-and-wine/story/best-of-food-and-wine/food/2015/01/06/americas-most-historic-restaurants/21238465/

For some more fun facts about Claudio’s, visit the restaurant’s website at:

http://www.claudios.com.