Business: The Uber of Boating, New Campus at Peconic Bay, Isola’s Second Season

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Le Launch's "Siren."

The Uber of Boating: Le Launch Announces “Siren”

The East End, long known as a vacation spot for the elite, is home to its fair share of sea-faring vessels, yachts, launches and charter boats — many of which are only accessible to those with large vacation budgets.

Le Launch, the newest mode of transportation by sea in the Hamptons, is about to change that with its new vessel, “Siren” — the first exclusive local launch service that allows guests to circumnavigate the summer traffic while taking in the salty sea air and soaking up the sun, all with a glass of rosé in hand.

“Le Launch delivers the quintessential summer interlude aboard ‘Siren,’” according to the website. “After an enjoyable stroll about town, meet ‘Siren’ at the dock for a one- or two-hour jaunt around the bays, or cruise the harbor at sunset with a picnic basket of artisanal cheeses and wines selected by Michael Cavaniola of Cavaniola’s Gourmet in Sag Harbor.”

Originally the tender to “Heron,” the 2017-built “Siren” established her own identity as the Hamptons first private yacht tender certified to carry more than six passengers, with teak accents and classic, yacht club-inspired style.

Complimentary provisions include bottled water and a glass of rosé, and pickup and drop-off at private homes are available upon request. For pricing and more information, please visit lelaunch.com.

Peconic Bay Medical Center Names New Campus in Honor of Robert Entenmann 

Robert Entenmann — founder and namesake of the massive bakery business — may not seem like the most obvious person for the Peconic Bay Medical Center to honor by naming their new campus after him, but in fact, the mogul has deep roots on the East End.

The Entenmann bakery business began in Brooklyn in 1898, its goods quickly becoming after-dinner favorites in households across the nation. When the family decided to sell the renowned business in 1978, then-company chairman Robert Entenmann began looking for new outlets for his energies — leading him to purchase a farm on the North Fork, where he bred horses and, later, grew grapes.

It was there he also took an interest in the region’s health care resources.

Over the years, he became of the area’s leading community benefactors and philanthropists. Following his death in 2016, his children, Jackie and Robert, gifted $5 million to Peconic Bay Medical Center’s New Era Campaign, benefitting cardiac care for the region, as a way to honor their father’s legacy.

In recognition of this gift, the new PBMC administrative headquarters — the former Suffolk County National Bank on 4 West Second Street in Riverhead — has been named the Robert Entenmann Campus.

“Robert Entenmann was not just a community benefactor, he was a community visionary,” Andrew J. Mitchell, president and CEO of PBMC, said in a press release. “All of us here on the East End are fortunate to have had him as a neighbor, a friend, and a leader of our community. It will warm my heart to see his name every morning when I come to work. It will remind all who come to work here of the legacy we want to live up to.”

The new campus will provide nearly 40,000 square feet of office space for non-clinical medical staff. Administrative staffers have already relocated, including Mitchell and other PBMC leaders; the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation; the medical center’s finance, billing, and HR operations, as well as the offices of Peconic Bay Home Health Services, Suffolk County’s largest certified home health agency.

“Bob Entenmann was the embodiment of generosity,” Emilie Roy Corey, chair of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, said in a press release. “We are grateful that his family has continued his generosity, and we join them in honoring him with today’s dedication ceremonies.”

Once the move is complete, about 150 staff members are expected to have offices in the new campus facilities.

“We’re growing rapidly, and this new downtown campus will be vital for our continued growth,” Mitchell said. “Not only will it free up room within the medical center for additional services and staff, it will also make more parking available for our patients and visitors.”

A Winning, Summer-Ready Recipe at Isola

After keeping its doors open through the winter, Isola — located in Shelter Island’s Historical Heights District — is now embarking on its second summer season, focusing on seasonal items for its New Italian menu while staying as local as possible.

“Our seasonal dishes, featuring the freshest ingredients the East End has to has to offer, [gives] guests a true taste of Shelter Island living,” chef Seth Nathan said in a press release. “Locally sourcing our menu is an incredible way to discover and celebrate the local fare of the East End, as well as offer our guests the culinary experience of farm-to-table with every dish.

When creating the menu — which he, in part, sources from Sylvester Manor, Southold Fish Market and North Fork Smoked Fish Company — the chef finds himself inspired by “a healthy balance of adherence to tradition and pushing the boundaries, utilizing the best ingredients available,” he said. “I am very much looking forward to delving further into local sourcing and foraging as we enhance our menu going into the summer months.”

This summer, Isola will offer additional outdoor seating, a new cocktail and wine list — featuring Italian and local wines paired with each dish — an expanded menu with signature items, fresh catches of the day, and seafood specials.

If dining at the restaurant isn’t enough, Isola will offer their homemade Pomodoro sauce canned and ready to go — as well as a few other house-made specialty items — not to mention their calling card: wood-fired, brick-oven, thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza, to eat in or take out.

Isola is located at 15 Grand Avenue in Shelter Island Heights. For more information, please call (631) 749-9036 or visit isolany.com.

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