Business: Chili Cook Off, Union Burger Bar, Brunch at Clubhouse, Tunes and Brews at Townline

TownLine BBQ. Eric Striffler photo

Tunes and Brews at Townline BBQ

Fridays are smokin’ hot at Townline BBQ.

The Sagaponack restaurant’s “Bands, Brews and BBQ” series is back, with Lynn Blue up next on January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by Tom and Lisa on January 25, Waylan Brothers on February 1, and Woody Boley on February 8.

Don’t miss happy hour specials — half-price pint cooler specials and cocktails on tap, $4 Modelo cans, $4 Dealer’s Choice drafts, $6 wings, $7.50 giant pretzels with mustard, and more — on Wednesdays through Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and all day Saturdays through Mondays.

Townline BBQ is located at 3593 Townline Road in Sagaponack. For more information call (631) 537-2271 or visit

Competition Heats Up at Springs Tavern Chili Cook Off

It’s about to get heated at The Springs Tavern.

Nosh on chili from local chefs and restaurants — and catch the football game — during a Chili Cook Off on Sunday, January 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the East Hampton restaurant, located at 15 Fort Pond Boulevard.

Participants include The Springs Tavern, Townline BBQ, The Clubhouse, A Kitchen for Liam, Highway, Peter Ambrose, East Hampton Sportsmen Alliance and more!

Tickets are $20, which includes chili samples and a reusable mug, and proceeds will benefit the Springs Food Pantry and Share the Harvest Farm. For more information, call (631) 527-7800 or visit

Fresno Serves Up Winter Specials

Only during the winter are Montauk Pearls one buck a pop.

Take advantage of $1 Oyster Night every Monday, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Fresno, located at 8 Fresno Place in East Hampton. Thursdays are “30/30” — a $30 prix fixe and 30 percent off all bottled wine — but the two- and three-course menu is available all night Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call (631) 324-8700 or visit

Union Cantina Launches Burger Bar

Union Cantina didn’t just get a makeover. It had an awakening.

As of Thursday, the popular Mexican restaurant — with its dark woods, bright cerulean-colored walls and traditional artwork — embraced its Americana surroundings by opening Union Burger Bar, located in the same building at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton.

Together with executive chef Scott Kampf, owner and restaurateur Ian Duke will serve gourmet Colorado Beef burgers — which are hormone, anti-antibiotic and additive free — fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes and desserts, not to mention craft beer and small-batch bourbon.

“Union Burger Bar is prepared to lead the 2019 Hamptons dining scene with their new finely crafted burgers and, keeping with tradition, executive chef Scott Kampf is prepared to serve up the next, potential award-wining dish,” a press release said.

In 2018, Union Cantina won Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” awards for Best Taco, Best Margarita, Best Happy Hour Bar and Best Mexican Cuisine, and Kampf himself received the Gold distinction for Best Chef.

“Residents and East End visitors can enjoy Union Cantina in the heart of Southampton, boasting contemporary Mexican cuisine, live music and entertainment daily,” the release said. “The rustic, Mexican-inspired dining experience truly delivers a Hamptons-style fiesta.”

Union Burger Bar is located at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton. For more information, call (631) 377-3500 or visit

Clubhouse Catches the Brunch Bug

If you’re looking for a brunch buffet this winter, The Clubhouse has you covered.

Every Sunday, the East Hampton hub for food and entertainment — located at 174 Daniel’s Hole Road — will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an option to add bottomless mimosas or a build-your-own Bloody Mary.

For more information, visit