Gurney's Inn
May 23, 2007

In Southampton: New Seaon New Taste

It's that time of year again. Summer's upon us and the season will soon be in full swing. Across the East End new businesses have opened and others have expanded in preparation for the warmer months. Here's a sampling of some of the best the season has to offer in Southampton Town and on the North Fork:

In Southampton, everything's new again at some old favorites: Just in time for the summer season, the Southampton Publick House adds energy to the late night bar scene with an upgrade to its DJ booth and new features in the taproom. The new booth now integrates audio and video.

For one of a kind pieces, visit Bravura art and objects, exhibiting the handcrafted furniture of Ryan Bollmann. The furniture is meticulously handcrafted from exotic woods such as sapele mahogany, myrtle burlwood and anigre.

In Water Mill, the newest offering comes in the form of MUSE Restaurant & Aquatic Lounge, a must-see dining establishment that opened Monday. The restaurant is the first for chef/owner Matthew Guiffrida, formerly of The Patio in Westhampton Beach, Collage in Huntington and the Inn at Quogue. The eatery features unique design elements such as a saltwater fish tank, water wall, window seats and a candlelit chandelier.

And soon to open in Sagaponack is Townline BBQ, located at the spot of the former Alison By The Beach. Stop by for some authentic BBQ Ė a true taste of summer!

In Hampton Bays, Tony's Fusion Express, at the corner of Montauk Hwy. and Ponquogue Ave., offers take-out Chinese, Japanese and Thai food. Seating is available for those looking to grab a bite to eat while in town.

The newly-opened Classroom Connections, at 15 Ponquogue Ave., is the one-stop shop for teachers, parents and students. The store offers a wide range of educational materials, including arts and crafts, classroom decorations and educational toys.

For those looking to take to the open water, Wild Thing Boat Rides, located at Soleau's Wharf on Dune Rd. in the hamlet, will offer half-hour boat rides of the local waters for $35 per person. The price includes a photo; call 728-0888.

If you're in the mood for a good read head to Westhampton Beach where The Open Book is bigger and better than ever this year, with more to offer in their new Main Street locale, right next to Lynne's Cards & Gifts.

Another business that's moved onto Main Street Westhampton is Bungalow, expanding their selection of casual sportswear to feature labels such as North Face, Patagonia, Darien and Ray Ban. For North Forkers who miss Arline's Ski Shop in Aquebogue, Bungalow is the place to go Ė the owners are the same. Pine Cone and Respectable Collectibles has moved to bigger quarters on Glovers Lane, offering many unique, one-of-a-kind items.

New in the village is Blue, locally owned clothing store for young men and women. Open year-round.

In East Quogue, check out Haskell's Bait Shop if you're headed out for a day on the water, Victoria Taylor Salon, for some must-have pampering, and Hampton Shoe Vixen for the latest in foot fashion.

In Riverhead, Michaels' At the Boardwalk on East Main Street opens its doors in the heart of downtown, just steps from a newly refurbished Peconic Riverfront area. Owner Rich Gherardi, who reinvented Michaels' at Maidstone Beach in East Hampton, plans to bring his magic touch to Riverhead, where he has created a reasonably priced haven for families and visitors.

The restaurant, a comfortable American bistro, features sumptuous fare in the form of local seafood, meats and pastas, as well as Polish dishes that celebrate the flavor of the surrounding community. And for those summer nights, there's also a place for boaters to tie up, dock and dine.

If you're hankering for some delicious fare, Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck, located in the former Connie's Bake Shop space, features fresh-roasted coffee and arguably the most delicious French fries on the North Fork. Also new on Love Lane in Mattituck is Mint, a "zany new boutique."

And, just in time for the big July 4th weekend comes a new addition in Southold: Cimino's Italian Seafood Restaurant, to be located in the spot of the former Big Mama's Creole Kitchen.

In Greenport, the big news is that Starbucks is coming to the village at a date in the near future; boaters can tie up at Mitchell Marina and sip a steaming cuppa while savoring the vistas and tastes of the village.

Additional reporting by Mariah Quinn

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