THE PURIST July 2020

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From restaurants to hair salons, businesses across the East End are going alfresco. BY BETH LANDMAN

On June 10, after months of cooking at home or ordering takeout, hungry Hamptons dwellers were finally allowed to dine at restaurants—but only outside. Since the novel coronavirus appears to be much less transmittable in the open air than inside, other activities also moved outdoors, from fitness classes to hairstyling. “My prediction was that everyone wanted to be outdoors, so I took advantage of the outdoor space we had,” says VALERY JOSEPH, who expanded the deck behind his Bridgehampton salon, adding hydrangeas and music, and creating nine stations with social distancing, including two shampoo chairs. “We are doing haircuts, keratin, extensions, blow-dries and color, plus manicures and pedicures, which has made everyone more comfortable,” he says. “The new

Vongerichten has partnered with Ladurée to offer a pastry experience that can be enjoyed on the porch or elsewhere on the property. 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton, 631.537.0870; Other restaurants have gotten creative, expanding and upgrading outdoor space. TUTTO IL GIORNO in Sag Harbor added a new dining terrace and T-BAR SOUTHAMPTON expanded its picturesque outdoor garden, with a new direct entrance so you no longer pass through the dining room. “Our advantage is that we have space to spread out,” says owner Tony Fortuna. Attention to safety is so paramount that cutlery is wrapped at each place setting after being sterilized, and surfaces are sanitized with 180-proof vodka. 16 Main

expansion has a real vacation vibe.” 2454 Main St., Bridgehampton, 631.537.8967; HERO BEACH CLUB has been holding classes for guests on its sprawling lawn, ranging from meditation and yoga to Pilates and sculpt. “It’s a beautiful space and people are thrilled to experience the energy of working out together again in a safe way,” says Jon Krasner, an owner of the hotel. “We are happy to provide work for many instructors who have been unable to teach.” 626 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631.668.9825; TOPPING ROSE HOUSE has also introduced outdoor yoga, as well as picnicinspired dining along with a nightly fire pit where drinks and s’mores are served. And Chef Jean-Georges 82

St., Sag Harbor, 631.919.5353;; 268 Elm St., Southampton, 631.283.0202; K PASA in Sag Harbor has spread out into its parking lot, adding a little tiki hut. “Parking lots aren’t the most attractive areas, but we beautified ours and made it fun,” says coowner Tora Matsuoka. He and his partner Stephen Loffredo are also operating CLAUDIO’S WATERFRONT and the more casual CRABBY JERRY’S in Greenport, where they have partnered with a delivery service called RideShore, which brings their seafood-focused dishes to boats. Those who don’t have their own seaworthy crafts won’t be deprived of this ultimate outdoor experience. “If you don’t have a boat, don’t worry,” says Matsuoka. “We will provide one for you!” 2 Main St., Sag Harbor, 631.800.8226;

Courtsey of Kissaki

Kissaki has migrated from Midtown to Water Mill this summer.

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