Business: Chop House in Southampton, New Record for LI Tourism, Travel Elite

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Chops from the Brooklyn Chop House.

Chop House Gives Southampton a Test Run

Next month, Brooklyn Chop House will open its doors in the Financial District, but it’s warming up in Southampton first.

Oreya owner Greg Grossman handed over the keys to restaurateur Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins — a former music exec who worked with the likes of Mary J. Blige and Diddy — and Stratis Morfogen for the pop-up at The Capri Hotel, which is slated to run through Labor Day weekend.

“The menu will focus on Dim Sum and Chops, giving diners everything from Philly Cheesesteak Dumplings and Peking Duck Tacos to 50- to 60-day dry-aged Prime Steaks and Double Thick Cut Chops,” according to a press release. “For lunch, guests can sit by the pool and order from a menu of satays and dumplings.”

A full dinner menu will be available at the Southampton hotel — located at 281 County Road 39A — from Wednesday through Saturday, with hours extended to 3 a.m. on Saturday nights. For more information, call (631) 500-9055.

Long Island Tourism Sets New Record

Long Island’s visitor economy reached a new high last year, expanding 4 percent to a whopping $5.9 billion in traveler spending, according to the 2017 New York State Economic Impact of Tourism report.

“The work of this industry continuously proves vital to the economic growth of Long Island, generating $722 million in state and local tax revenues and supporting 81,707 local jobs,” Kristen Jarnagin, president and CEO of Discover Long Island, said in a press release. “2017 traveler spending exceeded expectations and 2018 is on pace to be our best year since 2001. Were it not for these tourism-generated revenues produced from visitors to our region, every Long Island household would have to pay an additional $776 in taxes per year, so it’s crucial that we remain relevant and focused on attracting lucrative travelers to our destination.”

Among 11 state regions, Long Island ranked second only to New York City in traveler spending, and together with the Hudson Valley, the three areas comprise nearly 80 percent of state-wide traveler spend. Overall, New York State’s tourism economy also reached a record high in 2017, resulting in $67.6 billion in traveler spending.

“Long Island’s tourism industry is a critically important driver for our region,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in the press release. “With over 9 million visitors annually enjoying our beaches, parks, vibrant downtowns, accommodations and attractions, tourism not only showcases the wonderful quality of life that we all enjoy as residents, but it also serves as the lifeblood for many of our small business owners.”

Fresno Steps Up Its Game

Fresno, located at 8 Fresno Place in East Hampton, has given its New American menu a facelift, infused with local bounty by executive chef Gretchen Menser.

New starters include charred Spanish octopus with edamame puree, French breakfast radish and Yuzu vinaigrette for $19; green garbanzo and jalapeno-lime hummus with grilled flatbread and marinated olives for $15; and a watermelon salad with feta, cucumber, Upland cress, toasted almonds and oregano vinaigrette for $18.

Entrées will include spaghettini with jumbo lump crab, chervil, crème fraiche, toasted breadcrumbs and black tobiko caviar for $36; black bean falafel with jicama, red onion, romaine, warm pita, chipotle vinaigrette and coconut sauce for $26; and grilled Duroc pork chop with Balsam Farm rainbow Swiss chard, Yukon gold-bacon potato salad and peach mostarda.

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

Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club Adds All-New Tennis Courts and Children’s Playground

Respected as one of the more challenging courses on the East End, the Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club — with its Par-71, 148 slope course featuring dramatic elevation changes — is not exactly geared toward young children.

But its new playground certainly is.

Designed with swing sets, slides and an outdoor patio, the playground is one of this summer’s enhancements, along with a pair of DecoTurf cushioned tennis courts, the same hardcourt surface specially selected for the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

“Play like a pro or learn the basics from a specialized tennis instructor offering members, of any skill level, complimentary tennis lessons,” according to a press release, adding, “At the end of the course, members can enjoy a casual meal inside the clubhouse or on the patio. The stunning view overlooking the 18th green from the Hampton Hills Clubhouse will be a memory the entire family will treasure.”

For more information, visit hamptonhills.com.

Luxe Wanderlust: Travel Elite In For A Treat

Attention, luxury-bound destination-goers.

Ambassadors of travel — from all-inclusive resorts, hotels, cruises, golf and historical excursions, retreats, spas, private jet companies, airlines, boards of tourism, and sail and yacht charters — will participate in Luxe Wanderlust, a Hamptons luxury travel event, on Saturday, August 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Topping Rose House, located at 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton

“Luxe Wanderlust is where one-on-one connections are made at monthly cocktail events in New York City to connect luxury travel brands, travel specialists and travel media,” according to a press release. “Yearly, the same are brought together in the Hamptons along with luxury travel enthusiasts.”

This year, Luxe Wanderlust has partnered with The Retreat with a donated stay at a luxury destination, which will be raffled off. All proceeds will benefit the East Hampton-based domestic violence service agency.

Tickets are $65, which includes a four-hour open bar, light bites from chef Marco Barilla, Sen Restaurant, Taco Truck by Noah’s on the Road, Opa on the Go, and Doppo La Spiaggia, among others, and a gift bag by Hamptons Gift Bag & Beecher’s Cheese.

For more information, email rr@luxewanderlust.com.

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