Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mark Birnbaum & EMM Group in the Hamptons

With many new concepts and venues coming East from Manhattan and local staples staying put, this season of debauchery will not be a let down. Hamptons favorites like East Hampton's Serafina will remain open, however famed Della Femina has sadly closed its doors. Taking over the space is the Houston Restaurant Group, which has an extensive list of restaurants across the country and will re-name their outpost, East Hampton Grill. Blue Parrot Grill will be back in action drawing celebrities most weekends and Lily Pond will be taken over by the EMM Group. The EMM Group headed by Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm own Abe and Arthur's Restaurant in the Meatpacking District which is housed over the exclusive lounge, SL. The team is bringing that concept to the Lily Pond space and naming it, SL East.

Exciting news for Bridgehampton as Polo is back on! Who really thought that it wouldn't happen? Special events and tents are going to be operated by the Strategic Group again. The Strategic Group is headed by Jason Straussand Noah Tepperberg, will again be back to take on Dune on North Sea Road in Southampton. Dune has been the king of nightlife in Southampton but this year will bring many changes to the Southampton scene.

The Dual Groupe from the Day and Night brunches fame will be moving from East Hampton Point to the 230 Elm space. The St.Tropez style brunches are operated by brothers Derek and Daniel Koch, both have opened their own restaurant in the Meatpacking District a year ago called MPD. Madame Tong's Redux, which was taken over by Ian Duke last year, will rename it the Southampton Social Club. Also coming to Southampton is Gabby Karen's Tutto il Giorno to Nugent Street. This will be the outpost of the original Sag Harbor space. Another exciting venue to add to the already impressive list of Hampton's hot spots will be Nobu at the Beach. Nobu, which is the famed sushi restaurant in Manhattan and internationally will bring a casual atmosphere and menu to the Capri Hotel off County Road 39. They are looking to create a lounge in the pool area as well.

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