Daily Bee: Ram’s Head Inn Is Renovating. Highway Is Taking a Break. Plus, Mona Pizza

Ram's Head Inn

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Happy snow-free Thursday! Excuse us one moment while we begin the countdown to rosé season. We personally feel that’s the spring equinox (March 20), although those with more social graces than us might argue summer. Either way, we respect the the thinking of Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir, founders of Yes Way Rosé, who assert that it’s always rosé season, somewhere. Yes way.

A hot spot in the making?

Speaking of rosé, the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island, pictured above, is re-opening March 25 with new renovations to its popular lounge, which will now be dubbed “Harbor Hall.” The space is named for its lovely views of Coecles Harbor, which we have no idea how to pronounce (so we’re happy that it’s just Harbor Hall). The venue played host last season to a number of musical acts and “Tuesdays Tunes and Tastings,” featuring a local vineyard or specialty cocktail tasting. The updates include a new sound system, updated lighting and tables handcrafted by the inn’s owner, James Eklund, who also happens to be a contractor, plumber and electrician (handy!). He and wife Linda have owned the 87-year-old inn for more than 30 years.

We’ll miss the green curry

The Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton, which has been enlivening the winter season with things like Pot Pie Monday, Pasta Wednesday and Thursday Thai (or #Thaiway @TheHighway), is taking a two-and-a-half week break. The search for authentic Asian ingredients (like kaffir limes) on the East End has doubtlessly exhausted the crew, which includes manager Adam Lancashire and executive chef Anand Sastry. “We just want to thank you for all your support and making our first year a success,” the team says. The restaurant, which some say is located in a cursed location, is scheduled to re-open March 2.

What’s news…

Lobster Roll restaurant in Amagansett is mourning the loss of Richard “Big Rich” Einsidler, known for his karaoke singing of Billy Joel and Elton John songs. “He touched the hearts of many with his love of music and his unwavering friendship,” the restaurant posted on Facebook…Harbor Books in Sag Harbor is happy that book stores, nationally, have recorded their first rise in sales since 2007. “Good news all around!” the store says. In related news, BookHampton in East Hampton is having a 20% off sale on pretty much everything…And lastly, GeekHampton, the Apple-product store in SagHarbor, is geeking out over the latest issue of Bon Appetit, which was shot entirely with iPhones. Check it out here.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“The lesser known Mona Pizza by Leonardough Da Vinci.” — Villa Italian Specialties of East Hampton, as it posted this ridiculous photo to Facebook. What can we say, we are suckers for puns.

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