Well, that was quick. In revolving-door news at Nick & Toni’s, the iconic restaurant in East Hampton (pictured above), Julie Berger will become the general manager for the 2015 season.
Berger, who has been running the wine program at Nick & Toni’s, is replacing Carolyn Papetti, who apparently has relocated to Washington, D.C. It was a bit of a newsy thing two years ago, when Papetti was named general manager after a two-year search to replace veteran power greeter Bonnie Munshin, who had served as GM for more than 20 years. (At the time, the New York Times called Munshin a “celebrity hostess and protector” while Dan’s Papers called her “an integral part” of the restaurant’s culture.)
Berger is no newcomer to Nick & Toni’s. She has worn many hats, including coat check girl, server and sommelier. She also spent time at Jean Georges in New York. As she performs the traditional GM role, managing the front-of-the-house at the restaurant, she will continue to provide wine advice at all the properties in the Honest Man restaurant group, including Rowdy Hall and Townline BBQ.
For those who fear a lack of continuity, Munshin — who stayed on as weekend power hostess after her first replacement was named — will still be there. And here is this year’s New York Times rather glowy review of the 27-year-old restaurant, which if nothing else will make you want to try the $22 tartufo.
Business owners make it quick
We attended PechaKucha Night at the Parrish Museum over the weekend, a semi-regular event in which innovative types on the East End get about 6 minutes to present their life stories (using 20 slides that change every 20 seconds). A number of local business owners took to the stage. We now know that Taylor Rose Berry of Harbor Books in Sag Harbor has never read “White Noise” by Don DeLillo. We have learned that Sameer Mohan of Saaz restaurant in Southampton prefers dancing over PowerPoint. And Ted Delano of Imagery Hamptons, who puts our lame photos of East End businesses to shame, is changing his company’s name to the very cool Made By Sea. Of course he is.
They had us at “French-Canadian Chef”
There are many reasons we like Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, which generally start and end with the blueberry ale. (Another is the attitude on Blue Point’s About page: “Because we work too hard to put up with any bullsh*t.”) Here’s another: We have learned via Facebook that Blue Point is going on a “Toasted Tour” starting this Thursday, culminating with a “Boatyard Bash and Buoy Cruise” this Saturday (June 20) with food trucks, games, prizes, live music, Blue Point beer and a demonstration by Hugue Dufour, the French-Canadian chef of M. Wells fame. In the event you are on the fence, you get a free beer just for RSVP-ing.
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