Business: Catch the World Cup, Claude’s Names New Chef, T&C Continues Growth

Patrons gathering at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton for the FIFA World Cup. Courtesy photo

Catch the FIFA World Cup!

On Thursday, June 14, the battle will begin. Only one of 32 soccer teams can be the best. Only one can win the FIFA World Cup.

The 21stannual tournament will kick off with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia, and restaurants across the East End will host screenings and viewing parties, embracing the World Cup fever.

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, which has been a viewing spot for soccer fans for the past several World Cups, takes the party outside with a big-screen television in the courtyard for optimal viewing for large crowds. The restaurant will show the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. games, and the 10 a.m. games starting with the top 16.

Townline BBQ will show the games — at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the 10 a.m. games starting with the top 16 — on six big-screen televisions throughout the Sagaponack restaurant while serving up chicken and ribs.

Out in Montauk, tune into the tournament with a water view at Navy Beach, which will open early for the 10 and 11 a.m. games, with drink specials on mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails.

The Springs Tavern will show the games on multiple televisions throughout the restaurant, and prizes will be given away. Over at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, grab a seat at the bar and catch the action on the five flat-screen televisions — and order off the bar menu for snacks and cocktails while you’re at it.

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Claude’s Restaurant Names New Executive Chef

As Claude’s Restaurant re-opens with full-time summer hours, it does so with a new executive chef.

James Carpenter will now oversee the restaurant’s newly renovated dining room and outside dining patios, introducing the Slow Food movement to the up-and-coming restaurant at Southampton Inn.

A veteran in hospitality and some of the East End’s finest kitchens, Carpenter brings decades of culinary experience from Della Femina, The American Hotel, Page at 63 Main, The Living Room and East Hampton Point — having worked with Susan Spicer at Bayona in New Orleans, Louis Osteen at Louis’ in Charleston, and Gunther Seeger at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta.

“It is such a pleasure to have one of the premier food professionals on the East End as executive chef at Claude’s,” Dede Gotthelf, owner of the Southampton Inn, said in a press release. “For the first time in 10 years, Claude’s will not only be serving breakfast and outdoor lunch, but now a superb dinner inside or outside under the stars, featuring many of the foods and ingredients grown locally from our farmers and sourced from our fishermen.”

A firm believer locally sourcing ingredients, Carpenter’s menus will showcase local farms and farmers, designed using fresh, in-season ingredients — such as Peconic Pride Oysters with shallot cucumber mignonette, Rope Cultured Mussels Chimichurri style, Satur Farm Little Gem Salad, Pan Roasted Day Boat Halibut with wild mushroom ragu and truffle potato puree, and Sheep Ricotta Gnudi with mini lamb meatballs.

“It is very easy to make excellent food when you are surrounded by the great farms and seafood,” Carpenter said. “We support them and everyone wins.”

Sharon Edwards

Town & Country Continues To Grow

Diane and Robert Becker are the newest husband-and-wife team at Town & Country Real Estate, bringing decades of collective experience to the Southampton office.

“Knowing how difficult it is, sometimes, for a buyer to leave a long-time home and neighborhood, and the stresses the seller feels with moving and the transition to a destination, Bob and I are in tune to the buyer, who wants to be assured he/she is making the right decision on their purchase,” Diane

Robert Becker

Becker said in a press release. “Whether it is providing a surveyor, home inspector, or visits to town hall, we take the time to insure the process is a smooth transition.”

“Our vision is to provide a service that makes the process of buying or selling a personal experience with the least amount of stress,” she added, “providing help in all the steps of the sales process from the first day to closing.”

Together, the Beckers have brokered countless deals, and say they look forward to a new adventure at Town & Country.

Diane Becker

“We both enjoy real estate as it brings us satisfaction to see the joy and enthusiasm from our clients and customers weather they are buying a house or selling a house,” Robert Becker said. “As longtime concerned homeowners who are members of the North Sea Community Association, [we] are in touch with our neighbors and community to make it a safer and better place to be.”

Sharon Edwards also joins Town & Country’s Westhampton Beach office, after a career in Manhattan where she worked with LSL Advisors, a boutique commercial real estate brokerage — and the East Moriches native and Westhampton Beach High School graduate has returned to the village with a new appreciation for the East End, she said.

“I worked on Main Street in the summers for years and practically lived on the beaches,” she said in a press release. “To this day, Cupsogue Beach, Rogers Beach and Pikes Beach are my favorites, and I love sharing them with my three children.”

Having a child with autism led Edwards to become active in the fundraising community, and can often be found spending time with her family, reading and walking on the beach during the summer — when she isn’t working.

“It’s a great time for the commercial and residential sales, and leasing business, in the Hamptons,” she said. “This is a time for growth and discovering opportunities in retail omni channel sales. The connection between in-store and online sales is getting stronger every day. It will be exciting to see how that comes together in the Hamptons real estate market, and I look forward to being part of it all.”

North Fork Winery Hits the Market

Some would argue that the North Fork wine scene is second only to Napa Valley — and they would be ideal future buyers of the Peconic Bay Winery.

The wide swath of wineries dotted across the East End attract visitors on a year-round basis from as far as Europe, but not all vineyards have what Peconic Bay has: 16 of its 53 acres zoned for commercial development.

Therein lies the potential for a 20-unit hotel, a restaurant and catering complex, and a roadside retail farmstand to complement the existing vineyard, tasting room and four-bedroom house. The property also includes 25 acres of residential land — 60 percent must remain “as is,” but 10 acres can be developed into five individual 2-acre zoning lots, according to a press release.

“The possibilities are endless,” the release said. “By being creative in working with the town for approvals, the end product is a win for the town, the North Fork visitors and the new owner. Imagine the possibilities, dream the dream, create and experience a presence unlike any that exists on the North Fork.”

The winery is exclusively represented by Hal Zwick, director of commercial real estate at Town & Country. For more information, please call (631) 678-2460.


Father’s Day Fare at East Hampton Eateries

Who says brunch is only for Mother’s Day?

Head over to Nick & Toni’s, located at 136 North Main Street in East Hampton, for some Father’s Day fare on Sunday, June 17 — including brunch and a la carte dinner specials, such as Day Boat sea scallop crudo for $20, porchetta for $46 and chocolate cheesecake for $16.

Rowdy Hall will also celebrate with a la carte dinner specials — such as a jumbo shrimp and clam cocktail for $18, butter poached lobster and hanger steak for $39, and a malted milk chocolate ice cream sandwich for $12 — at its East Hampton location, 10 Main Street in the Parrish Mews.

For more information, please call Nick & Toni’s at (631) 324-3550 and Rowdy Hall at (631) 324-8555.

Navy Beach

Navy Beach will honor Montauk’s Naval history, and continue to support the Navy SEAL Foundation, during a benefit cocktail party on Saturday, June 16, kicking off a sixth season of fundraising efforts at the restaurant.

Since 2013, the eatery has raised $125,000 — $30,000 from last year alone — and will again match the first $2,500 of the season. Through Labor Day, a donation of $1 will be added to each dining check in support of the foundation, though guests are welcome to increase the donation if they’d like.

The cocktail party will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Montauk restaurant, located at 16 Navy Road, and tickets are $50, $25 for veterans and free for children under age 16. For more information, please call (631) 668-6868 or visit

A cocktail with a view at Harbor Bistro in East Hampton. Courtesy photo

Happy Hour with a View at Harbor Bistro

Harbor Bistro, located at 313 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, will host happy hour daily, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the bar.

Specials include $6 drinks — rosé, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, mimosas, champagne, sunset rum punch, fresh fruit sangria, and Peroni draught pints — as well as $5 Montauk Brewing Company cans and $8 share bits: ½ shell clams and oysters, Guac’ n Chips, chicken potstickers, Togarashi shrimp, tempura shishito peppers, truffle parmesan fries, goat cheese croquettes and Greek salad flatbread.

For more information, please call (631) 324-7300 or visit