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Photo courtesy of Gene Casey

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The Lone Sharks in front of The Wild Rose.

Wild Rose Redux? A Plan to Restore the Wild Rose Café, But Not to the Way it Was By Maria Tennariello Whenever I drive down the Bridgehampton Turnpike, I slow down and sigh as I look at the building that used to be the Wild Rose Café, number 203 Bridgehampton Turnpike. I remember very well how special this place was to the community and to everyone who met up there on the weekends. I even remember the phone number — 537-5050. Formally Gordon’s Inn, the Wild Rose (as it was known by locals in its heyday) was a short walk from Bridgehampton Village. Remodeled from an old tavern, it was magically turned into a restaurant/bar reminiscent of a speakeasy, with a large art deco bar that promoted many a conversation, comfortable sofas, roomy booths, a

baby grand piano and even a reference library. The Wild Rose Café opened its doors in 1994 by owners Brian O’Leary (formally of Nick & Toni’s) and Dean Golden, former owner of the Fresno. They had the winning formula for this year-round local hangout that caught on quickly. Once the summer crowd was alerted, it was almost impossible to get in on a Friday or Saturday night. A big bearded man named Jack was always at the door admitting a happy crowd that couldn’t wait to get on the dance floor. Sometimes he had to turn people away if the room was already filled to its capacity. At the restaurant, O’Leary and Golden joined forces to served healthy local fare, with a light, late night eclectic menu available from 5 p.m.

until whenever. The many delicious and interesting offerings included peach salsa, salads, pesto bread, spring rolls, great Bloody Marys, Irish coffee, beer on tap, local wines and espresso. Tables and chairs were placed around the perimeter of the room, which was lit only by flickering candles, hiding the décor that some considered unattractive. A very special place, The Wild Rose Café was where Hamptonites who all knew each other hung out and danced non-stop to an eclectic mix of music on Thursday through Sunday evenings. The music started at 9 p.m., featuring jazz bands, DJs and the unforgettable country rock music of Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, (continued on the next page)

E.H. PASSES LAW RESTRICTING HOME BUSINESSES By Daniel Simone In the Hamptons, people from all social strata have conducted their art and business professions from the comfort of their homes. The list includes dance instructors, writers, doctors, craft designers, sculptors, pet sitters and many others. It’s long been a cozy tradition, particularly for artists, writers, and filmmakers. The area seems to foster an inspiring and calming ambiance — a cradle for creativity. But as the sparse population has become dense with homes and residents, some privileges may be misinterpreted or violated. East Hampton Village Officials have been noting not only a dramatic increase in businesses and

professions operated out of residential dwellings, but an expansion of enterprises that don’t comply with the definition of “home occupation.” For example, explained a Village building inspector, who asked to remain anonymous, “We’ve found contractors running their businesses from their homes, cluttering their properties with all sorts of bulldozers, dump trucks, forklifts, and you name it. Neighbors complain, because they turn quiet neighborhoods into industrial areas. Not to mention the noise pollution. It’s one thing to have an art studio in your home, but it’s a horse of a different color when someone operates heavy equipment in their backyards.”

As a result, on January 18 the Village Board unanimously voted to “enact codes that would restrict these abuses.” In fact, the citizens who attended, without exception, embraced the amendment with a sigh of relief. A home occupation or business, as defined by the existing Village code, describes it as a “gainful activity in a single-family residence that is clearly secondary to residential use.” Further, “a home professional office” is defined by living space where a New York State licensed professional practices. In part, the code modifications require that the office area must be incorporated within the owner’s (continued on page 29)

Dan's Papers Feb. 8, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers Feb. 8, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...