Goodbye Spinnakers!! It was kind of like Cheers except without the cleaning crew!

Well after many years of mystery diners.. meaning I don’t know of a single soul who would ever go there…. Spinnakers in Sag Harbor is no longer. It’s now been replaced by Blue Sky! Pepe.. .formally food and beverage manager at the Bridge and Grappa in Sag Harbor has created a new menu with both Italian and Spanish influences. While I haven’t had dinner yet, the appetizers were first rate. It is essentially a really charming space inside. So, what’s changed??? Gone are the greasy wings and inedible salads. They’ve also apparently scrubbed the place down from top to bottom!! Rumor has it they finally found Hoffa! Whew! . The garden in the back was always a hidden treasure in Sag Harbor the only problem was the food. Well that’s all better now!!!

So, if you read my last post you know the Hermes doesn’t have any sales in the Hamptons… but Sylvester and Co. in Sag Harbor does! I’ve been eyeing these planters in Linda Sylvester’s fine establishment for months. They’re a total steal now. I bought one and was running from the store like the crazy woman in the Ikea commercials.. “start the car… start the car.. they’re going to figure out they undercharged me!!” Other than the planters, Linda has some of the nicest and most unique home and gift goods in the Hamptons. Check out her other store in Amagansett on the square or her web site and see for yourself! http://www.sylvesteressentials.com/ Also make sure to say hello to Linda’s dog Fanny!!! Unfortunatly you can’t take her home!!

It’s late… but the blog must go on!!!

Ok, i’m blogging really really late. it”s 10:26pm on a Monday night and I’m typing about what’s going on in the Hamptons. I was running around like a lunatic all weekend working with some renters hoping to cash in on some last minute deals and buyers who are finding out, it’s really a good time to buy! Housing is on sale and so is money!

While the weather wasn’t exactly great… It was still a typical Hamptons weekend. Traffic was backed up from East to Southampton and there was a half hour wait at the Citarella’s parking lot.

So what else… Heterick Martin’s School’s Out benefit was a hit on Saturday.. Annie’s grand opening in Southampton was packed…. The new Saturday Soiree at the Lodge had a good turnout in spite of the weather and competing with “School’s Out” … I’m sure it will be packed next week.
Billy Joel held an exhibition of his motorcycles in Sag Harbor and unless he’s giving me one for free, I really could care less. Even if he does give me one for free.. I’m still not sure I care.
One piece of good news… the site of the former remediation project and “Gas Globe” in Sag harbor is now the site of additional village parking. Whoo Hooo. Sorry, I’m off to bed but i’ve done my duty.
Finally, I hate award shows but last night’s Tony Awards were actually entertaining. I was shocked and I have a whole new appreciation of Doogie Howser, Neil Patrick Harris. My one final comment is how did something as utterly awful as “BILLY ELLIOTT” win best musical?? My sixth grade musical version of “Heaven Can Wait” was better. Sad… sad… sad… kind of like today’s blog.

 

 

Stuff to do this Friday… I’m too frantic to be humorous!

So what to do this weekend???? One great event is on Saturday… The Hetrick Martin Institute, home to the Harvey Milk school in NYC is hosting it’s “Schools Out” party. It will be held at the beautiful home of Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders – 189 Further Lane, East Hampton.. It’s starts at 6pm and goes til 8:30pm. You can buy tickets at the door with cash, credit card or check… from a valid bank account of course!!! If you want more details on the organization or the event, I encourage you to visit the web site: http://www.hmi.org/Events.aspx
Also.. if you’re really bored my new favorite video in the world is on YOUTUBE.COM. It’s a literal lyrical version of singer Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” While I love the song the video is one Velveeta short of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” but it does come close! To quote one line “the gayest man on earth would find this over the top!” It also has a great line about “Spinning Ninjas.” Don’t ask… watch

Finally, a little real estate news. Rentals for the season are up by about 40% or more. While the prices are not what they used to be… renters are coming out to take advantage of the Hampton’s Blue Light Specials. But do me one favor folks.. please don’t offer $.40 cents on the dollar. Things haven’t gone that low. You might want to try Mastic instead.

New American cuisine.. and the New American Economy… friendly high end retailers!!! Yeah, I know I’m late.

Well first on my list today is that RUGOSA is now open!! Located at the site of the old  ALMONDCELLO an ALMONDITTO. Chef Bill Mammes has created a truly inspired menu. All of your favorite dishes with a destinctive East End flair.   While I only got to try a few of the dishes, I arrived for the opening night party a little late.. although I did show up early on Sunday… the party was on Tuesday.   Anyway what I did have was really impressive. If memory serves me right an awesome “carrot with ginger soup and mussles.” Also, a salt cod, I hate cod but it was was pretty terrific. Served with potato and grilled asparagus. Finally the ceviche, I didn’t get a chance to try it but Ben from the East Hampton Independent said a big thumbs up. Congrats to chef  Bill Mammes formerly of The Maidstone Club and general manager and  my budette Chimene Visser.   The interior by the way has been totally redone since Almoncello and it’s stunning (see above).

So I discovered that high end real estate is really a lot like high end retail. Some brokers are forcing themselves to be a lot nicer to both customers and other agents but the prices ain’t coming down!!! The following is a real conversation with “L” from HERMES in East Hampton. She was absolutly lovely and nice… I’m sure she’s now laughing with all of her co-workers at me.

Me: Hi, L. .. a friend of mine said you’re having a huge like 40% off sale. Is that true?

L: (giggiling) No,we en’t having a sale. (but very nice)

 

Me: Is ANYTHING on sale?!

 

L: No, we usually don’t have sales here.

 

Me: What about an outlet shop… do you have one in Riverhead at Tangier?

 

L: (totally serious) No we don’t have any outlet shops.

 

Me: Bummer. Thank you L.

L:  You’re welcome.. thanks for calling HERMES!

Ugh, it would have been so much funnier if she were nasty!!

L: (A very nice thank you) Thank you for calling Hermes.

TORY BURCH: After going through a myriad of voice mail options, no human beings were answering the phone. IRONY!?