Southampton’s erstwhile waterfront dining spot, The Lobster Inn, will reopen under new ownership, a new management team, and with a new concept. Manna at Lobster Inn (5 Inlet Road West, Southampton, mannarestaurant.com, 631-728-5555) will feature indoor and outdoor seating and a full bar and a lounge area, all with a water view. The brainchild of offshore aquaculture pioneer Donna Lanzetta and Sag Harbor restaurateur Ryunosuke Jesse Matsuoka, (of Sen and K Pasa), the restaurant will feature sustainable seafood courtesy of Executive Chef Thomas Bogia. The restaurant design consultant is Alden Fenwick.
Look for an eclectic menu with seafood as the star. Appetizers will range in price from $9 to $16. Sample appetizers include double infused shrimp scampi and charred Cobb salad. Entrées will range in price from $24 to $32. Expect a lobster roll, sushi, skate, porgy and other finfish and mollusks. The signature dish is trout carbonara, a sexy version of a classic alfredo without pancetta, but rather served with trout roe atop fluffy pasta. There’ll be surf and turf, too, and desserts, such as the brownie waffle ($12), which will be made in-house. The 198-seat restaurant will open by Memorial Day Weekend.
Manna Fish Farms is pioneering to be one of the first U.S. permitted open ocean finfish farms, in federal waters. Utilizing the latest in submersible net pen technology, Manna Fish Farms will build and operate a sustainable commercial fish farm growing finfish and researching IMTA (Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture) with macroalgae (kelp) and shellfish (sea scallops, mussels, oysters). The waterfront restaurant’s iconic location will continue to serve as a visual landmark for travelers as they reach the eastern end of Sunrise Highway in Southampton. The property was initially acquired in 2018 in a collaborative purchase with the Town of Southampton, wherein Southampton purchased the marina, the restaurant group purchased the restaurant and the fish farm purchased the land across from the restaurant for fish farming, selling back the development rights on that farmland to Southampton. Additionally, approximately 2 acres were purchased and preserved outright by the Town of Southampton. This purchase was accomplished as an alternative to a 26-unit townhouse development slated for the property.