Business: New Law Partner, New Restaurant, Return of Monthly Breakfast

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Jeff Pagano

New Partner at Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartarara LLP

Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP has announced that labor and litigation attorney Jeffrey W. Pagano, formerly of Crowell & Moring, LLC, has joined the firm as a partner.

Mr. Pagano has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as matters before administrative agencies.

“Mr. Pagano’s significant courtroom experience complements our practice and provides new depth and resources for high-stakes labor and employment litigation matters, as well as day-to-day counseling, particularly relating to the ‘Gig economy.’ It’s a tremendous opportunity for the firm to expand the breadth and depth of our client service,” John Shea, a senior partner in the firm, said.

The firm’s labor and employment group will provide a full range of management-side labor and employment services, including class action and individual labor and employment litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies, strategic labor and employment law advice in the context of acquisitions or mergers, affirmative action compliance and related statistical analyses of employment practices, ERISA litigation and counseling, advice on international employment law issues, employment practice audits and wage and hour class action litigation. Mr. Pagano will serve as Chair of the labor and employment group.

“The core strength of our labor and employment practice is our ability to successfully litigate high-stakes matters and provide experienced regulatory and strategic counseling, whether in the traditional employment context or the ‘Gig economy.’ We are able to serve clients more broadly by drawing upon the multi-disciplinary counsel of the firm’s wide range of practice groups,” Mr. Shea said.

“We share a commitment to fostering broad based and long term client relationships. There’s nothing more important when you make such a significant move,” Mr. Pagano added.

Return of Monthly Career Breakfast to Century 21 Agawam Town & Village

A monthly career breakfast will return to Century 21 Agawam Town & Village in the Southampton office, and will be held the third Thursday of the month, starting this week on May 18 at 8 a.m. Coffee and bagels will be served at this free event, but registration is required.

Century 21 Agawam hosts the event for those interested in exploring a career in real estate, experienced real estate brokers seeking new and rewarding opportunities and agents looking to re-enter the business to attend.

Century 21 Agawam Town & Village is located at 55 Hill Street in Southampton. For more information, please visit century21.com/finehomes or townvillagerealty.com and for reservations contact maida@townvillagerealty.com or call (631) 377-3929.

Kids Propose “The Last Straw” Environmental Cause to Montauk Business

It was the last straw — plastic pollution — for Montauk School fourth graders that prompted the idea to eliminate plastic drinking straws in favor of paper in Montauk food establishments and ask the Montauk Chamber for its support.

“Such a simple environmental idea but so impactful for our community waterways and marine life made sense to us, so the Chamber helped the students email an announcement letter asking our business members to support their plan,” Laraine Creegan, the chamber’s executive director said.

Montauk citizens Jennifer Meadows and Greg Donahue hopped on-board with the students to spearhead a cooperative movement, “The Last Straw,” to make paper straws available to all interested Montauk businesses at an affordable price. A second letter, emailed on May 1, proposes that businesses join together to use their buying power to decrease the price of a more sustainable, biodegradable individually wrapped 7.75 inch paper straw.

“This can start slowly with just straws but we can see it growing very quickly to include the elimination of all types of plastic — cups, to go containers, flatware, and more,” Ms. Creegan said. “Let’s all work together to make Montauk plastic free and even more environmentally conscious, starting with our Chamber members.”

Montauk businesses wishing to purchase paper straws can get a case price and place an order by providing their business name, contact number and total case amount to thelaststrawmtk@gmail.com.  The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is located at 742 Montauk Highway in Montauk. For more information, please call (631) 668-2428 or visit montaukchamber.com.

The Boathouse Shelter Island Waterfront Private Event Location

The Boathouse Shelter Island is the new private event space located at the Island Boatyard & Marina on Shelter Island. The recently renovated 4,000 square foot space features over 200 feet of waterfront overlooking West Neck Harbor and offers up close sunset views.

The historic building dates back to the 1920s with its original use as storage for boats. The Boathouse has seen many uses from boat and lobster storage to most notably, a recording studio. Grammy award winning musician and East End resident Billy Joel recorded his last rock album ‘River of Dreams’ at The Boathouse in 1993. Joel found the location both inspiring and secluded perfect for working on his music.

The new Boathouse features an open ceiling with the structure’s original wood beams, exposed stainless steel ducts and simple chandeliers.  The dark wood floors lead to the full accordion doors that open to the 1,600 square foot deck with a water view. The deck extends the entertaining space with a classic blue and white striped awning, with flaps for cooler evenings. Situated on 18 acres of land, the Boathouse includes an additional five acres of outdoor event space.

The event space includes a large dining space as well as a prep area, a sitting room and three bathrooms. A 42-foot Grand Banks classic vessel is available for use for events hosted at The Boathouse as a bridal suite, arrival vessel or small group use. The Boathouse Shelter Island works with several preferred vendors for events including event planners, caterers, lighting, music, rentals, photography, florists, transportation, beauty services and accommodations.

The Boathouse Shelter Island is located at 63 South Menantic Road in Shelter Island. For more information visit theboathouseshelterisland.com or call (631) 749-3333.

New Mykonos Inspired Restaurant “Calissa” to Open

On Memorial Day weekend, Calissa, a new Mediterranean restaurant located at 1020 Montauk Highway in Water Mill will open its doors. The restaurant merges the cuisine, design and ethos of the Greek Island of Mykonos–the jewel of the Cyclades–with the Hamptons.

From the team behind Amali, Il Cantinori and Periyali, Calissa will mark the newest venture for the partners. Managing partner, James Mallios, who has been traveling to Mykonos for nearly two decades, hatched the concept for the restaurant. In 2015, he brought the core Amali team to the island, where they were inspired by its architecture, beauty and simplicity to create a new restaurant concept that fused the beachside tavernas and disco standards. From there, the idea for Calissa was born.

“We’re excited to expand our family of restaurants and officially open Calissa this summer,” Mr. Mallios said. “The Hamptons and Mykonos have been long regarded as top summer destinations and really set the standard for summer dining and nightlife worldwide. At Calissa, we marry the two.”

The menu, created by Executive Chef Dominic Rice — formerly of Narcissa and Jean Georges — emphasizes heritage Cycladic ingredients seen in in the Southern Aegean like savory louza (cured pork), white eggplant, black eyed peas, fava and rocket.  The rich cheese and charcuterie tradition of Mykonos is underscored with house made kopanisti (a fermented, stilton style cheese), xinotyro (a fresh farmer’s cheese) and pork sausage with fennel seed.

Calissa, 1020 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, will be open for dinner seven days a week starting at 5 p.m. and in true Greek style, the kitchen will stay open until 2 a.m. For more information, please visit calissahamptons.com.

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