Business Briefs: BookHampton Reopens, Jacobs Joins RedBar, Set Point Opens in East Hampton, Duryea’s Under New Ownership

Chef Todd Jacobs. Jason Penney photos.
Chef Todd Jacobs. Jason Penney photos.
Patrons browse new arrivals during the Grand Re-Opening of BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday, May 27. Michael Heller photo.
Patrons browse new arrivals during the Grand Re-Opening of BookHampton in East Hampton on Saturday, May 27. Michael Heller photo.

BookHampton, the popular independent bookstore on Main Street in East Hampton recently purchased by Carolyn Brody, has reopened following a short period for renovation and bringing in an exciting and expanded inventory.

“I am thrilled to continue the wonderful legacy of this bookstore. We’ve opened up the space, added more bookshelves, and refurbished throughout. I think everyone will find something they love here, and I couldn’t ask for a more responsive community,” said Ms. Brody.

The redecorated BookHampton was well received. Filled on Memorial Day weekend with large crowds of interested book buyers, the bright and modern interior features favorites, general interest, classics, and new releases in an extensive inventory of more than 20,000 titles.

Ms. Brody has brought in her longtime friend and one of the most influential booksellers in the country, Roxanne Coady, owner of R.J. Julia in Madison, Connecticut, and her team to help get BookHampton up and running quickly. Summertime author events are booked with Firooz Zahedi, Gerald Marzorati, Judith Stein, Jay McInerney, Moira Weigel, Isaac Mizrahi, and Maira Kalman.

The bookstore is open seven days a week, until Labor Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“We will be open year round,” Ms. Brody notes. “We’re a community bookstore, and this isn’t only for summer, it’s for everyone.”

Ms. Brody purchased BookHampton in March 2016. BookHampton opened on Newtown Lane in 1971 and was owned by George Caldwell and Jorge Costello (known locally as the “two Georges”). It moved to 20 Main Street and in 1999 was sold to Hal Zwick, who owned it briefly before it was bought in 2000 by Charline Spektor and her late husband, Jeremy Nussbaum. In 2006, BookHampton relocated to its current address at 41 Main Street.

Jacobs Joins Red|bar As Executive Chef

Chef Todd Jacobs. Jason Penney photos.
Chef Todd Jacobs. Jason Penney photos.

Red|bar brasserie, 210 Hampton Road in Southampton, announced this week that Todd Jacobs will be taking over the kitchen as their new Executive Chef.

A fixture in the Southampton community for almost 20 years, the restaurant is well-known for some of their traditional dishes and these will be staying on the menu. Chef Jacobs will be infusing his own personal flavors into the restaurant with weekly specials and some of those dishes may find their way onto the menu permanently. These items will feature all local and natural ingredients, as well as, vegan cuisine.


Set Point Tennis Clothing & Gear Gallery Opens in East Hampton


Martin Architects PC announced last week its newest project, Set Point Tennis, in East Hampton opened on Saturday, May 28 to launch the summer sports season in the East End. Giving the 1,000 square foot Main Street space a fresh minimalist, clean look, Martin Architects has transformed the East Hampton space into a high-end, chic clothing and gear gallery for tennis enthusiasts of all ages.

“After seeing our work at Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor and Orolgold in East Hampton, Set Point Tennis owner Lisa Herbert, former principal at My Favorite Color Co. and Pantone, approached me with the goal of transforming her store with a sophisticated modern new look by Memorial Day,” says Nick Martin, AIA of Martin Architects PC and 4MA Building LLC. “After four short months, the end result is an inviting, fun tennis cultural center meets high end boutique space showcasing a curated selection of top-of-the-line Tennis Racquets, Sneakers, Apparel and Accessories.”

Mr. Martin, an avid tennis player, structured the design target to create a healthy lifestyle center for tennis athletes in the fabric of a well laid-out minimalist framework. A pattern of rich woodwork is accented with an austere background of subtle tones of lighting, geometries and color. To frame the colorful merchandise, Martin used Poplar and birch architectural details against pristine white walls with subtle metal accents. Playful Moooi Random Lights span the store’s horizon and the unique custom cabinetry organizes the space, while the Stringing Lab adds an educational component to the shopper’s experience.  Shoppers can watch rackets being strung throughout the day or a match playing on the television. Set Point Tennis will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Duryea’s Under New Ownership

Jason Penney photo.
Jason Penney photo.

Duryea’s, 65 Tuthill Rd in Montauk, has opened under new ownership. The 80 year-old family-owned business was purchased three years ago by Marc Rowan, one of the co-founders of Apollo Global Management, a successful Private Equity firm in NYC.  The new ownership has maintained the authentic Montauk vibe of the historic fish market and lobster deck, while renovating the dated space and adding much needed updates. Look for comfy banquette seating, classic teak deck furniture and simple dinnerware. The popular menu includes all of the favorite items as well as some new additions featuring mostly local seafood. To emphasize the casual and fun atmosphere at Duryea’s, the menu is now served family style, most dishes serving 2 to 3 people. Sample menu items include: lobster cobb salad, crab cake, baked cherry stone clams, grilled or steamed lobster, classic clam bake, Duryea’s famous lobster roll, soft shell crab po-boy and seafood towers featuring raw bar items and sushi, as well, family style side dishes are available such as French fries, jasmine rice, potato wedges and corn on the cob. A kid’s menu offers simple kid friendly options such as chicken fingers, beef sliders and grilled cheese. A wine and beer selection features a red, white and rose option with a private label Belgian White brew from Crooked Ladder Brewing Company in Riverhead.  The fish market features fresh local seafood from lobsters and crabs to fish and shrimp.  Several farm to market products are also available for purchase including: Goodale Farm fresh feta and Greek yogurt, Fairview Farm homemade jams and preserves and Backyard Brine pickles.

For further information contact Duryea’s at (631) 668-2410 or visit