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If you’re reading this, it probably means you’ve survived deadly Winter Storm Jonas — congratulations! And Happy Monday. During the height of the storm, we sent our intrepid upstate photographer out (on foot) to record the snowy scene and find emergency Tate’s cookies; please see our lovely pictorial essay here. While we certainly got plenty of snow, the general consensus is that the Hamptons was spared while the city and the rest of Long Island (hello, LIRR delays!) got slammed. And New Jersey got the worst of the flooding. We’ll throw another log on the fire and find something else to complain about.
How area businesses fared
Sip ‘n Soda luncheonette in Southampton built a snowman. North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold changed its mind about staying open via this amusing video. Amagansett Chamber of Commerce shared this blustery video of winds whipping through LongHouse Reserve’s buckyball. The staffers at Saunders & Associates, the real-estate firm, put together this Facebook photo album of snow tunnels, deer and adorable children in snowsuits. Mary’s Marvelous in East Hampton, the Highway Restaurant in East Hampton and Hamptons Hot Yoga in Bridgehampton were open bright and early on Sunday. Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor had post-blizzard cocktails and dinner. Biggest losers: Area restaurants, most of which were forced to shut down Saturday night. Biggest winners: Did someone say liquor? “Fear mongering is good for business,” a staffer at Springs Wines & Liquors told us, as bottles flew off the shelves, pre-blizzard.
Now if we could just hear live music…
Looking ahead to when warm breezes will buffet our bluffs, the seventh annual Montauk Music Festival is scheduled for May 19 – 22. We like that this event, started by Montauk Sun publisher Kenny Giustino, involves the local business community with hundreds of free performances at venues like Zum Schneider, Gosman’s, the Sloppy Tuna, Montauk Manor and more. The crowds that come to hear the music are also a boon to the shoulder-season economy. Remember when the season didn’t start until Memorial Day weekend (or even Fourth of July)? Not anymore. “We have gotten to the point where the hotels are having a hard time sparing their rooms, because they’re booked,” Giustino told the East Hampton Star last year. “It’s all worked out, it’s a good formula — we had over 3,000 bands submit to be in it.” This year’s sponsors include Gurney’s, Montauk Brewing Co. and Montauk Rumrunners.
Meanwhile, in pigskin news
Apparently the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, two teams we really don’t care about, will be playing each other in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. We are more interested in the food. Harbor Grill in East Hampton is kicking the day off at 10 a.m. with a “Pre-Super Bowl” bottomless brunch, followed by a pre-game warm up at 4 p.m. $5 pints and 2-for-1 wings. Details here.
Social Media Quote of the Day
“Mondays are better in Montauk,” Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa, as it posted this snowy but sunny photo to Facebook.
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