According to their Facebook page, Highway diner in East Hampton has indeed changed hands and the lease was sold to an “very talented group.” There was a lot of speculation about what was to become of the most cursed location in the Hamptons since the Water Mill
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shopping center! By the way, any news on how West Elm is actually doing? A few weeks ago, some eagle eyed readers noticed there was an ad for waiters and waitresses needed at the diner but nothing much happened. The “Reopening in March” sign came and went and now it’s gone and so is much of the restaurants interior. Construction crews have been there morning till night and it looks like there are some training sessions going on for staff inside. But here’s where the news gets a little more depressing, apparently they are going to open as a new Japanese restaurant…. yes another Asian Restaurant! This I think may be a nail in the coffin of Zokkon which was being operated by the former chef Suki Zuki, which in spite of some really good food, the place appears to be struggling. I just hope for their sake Highway Diner isn’t becoming a Nobu.
I drove by and asked one of the employees in the lot what’s going on and they indeed confirmed a Japanese restaurant. If you got the real inside scoop, please let me know. Here’s the posting on the Facebook page.
Now for the other mystery in East Hampton. Why has there been an East Hampton Town Police car sitting there for the past 2 weeks. There doesn’t appear to be anybody in the car and it sits there empty day after day keeping a very watching eye on the Highway Diner and the green tank! I’m only waiting for someone who is texting and driving to side swipe or hit it. Is it me or is does this seem like an accident waiting to happen? Does anyone know why it’s there?