Daily Bee: Harbor Bistro Re-Opens. Croatian Wine. No More OTB

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Happy Friday! First some news about us: The Hampton Bee will be on spring break, returning end of April. We have a tax refund to spend, people. Speaking of taxes, today — contrary to popular belief — is not the tax deadline. This year, the due date has been pushed to Monday April 18, due to convoluted reasons that involve the little-known holiday, Emancipation Day. Ah, the irony: A federal holiday dedicated to freedom, altering the IRS’s plans….

Openings, full steam ahead

Well, we won’t be here for Harbor Bistro’s season opener, but if we were, we’d be sure to enjoy a Dark & Stormy while overlooking Three Mile Harbor. The Springs restaurant, pictured above, is set to open Thursday April 21 at 5 p.m., and we’re told that diners can expect a new “Sunset Happy Hour” menu, featuring $6 cocktails and $8 share bites, to be enjoyed on the lawn….

Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina in Hampton Bays, which closed in early November for the season, is re-opening at noon today. “We will embark on our 25th season!” the Dune Road eatery proclaims.

Groundworks, the garden center in East Hampton, will host its Spring Open House on April 23-24 to celebrate its 14th season, not to mention its newly renovated indoor and outdoor showroom. The event will also feature yoga, for reasons unknown, and live music. Details here.

Quick takes

The OTB machines that livened up our Triple Crown will not be moving with Southampton Publick House to its new location at Drivers Seat, owner Don Sullivan confirms. We’ll have to come up with another way to raise money for the kids’ college tuition…

My Creperie, maker of Nutella filled goodness in Wading River, is exhibiting local contemporary artist Christopher Reisman’s work (see photos here) at its shop…

The Plaza Cafe restaurant in Southampton, owned by Douglas Gulija, is now offering a Croatian wine called Dingac by the glass. “Very proud of my Croatian heritage,” Gulija says on Facebook. For oenophiles, the wine has a juicy spicy kick of dark fruits with bright acidity and firm tannins, according to one reviewer…

Our friends at Curbed Hamptons report two new stores for East Hampton: First, there’s Big Flower at 23 Newtown Lane, which contrary to the garden-shop-sounding name is actually an apparel-and-accessories store owned by Greg Ammon (of Ammon family notoriety; we’re rooting for you, Greg) and partner Stacy Volkov. And then second, Brunello Cucinelli, which sells outfits on Newtown Lane, is opening a lifestyle boutique at 55 Main Street.

Social Media Quote of the Day

“For those that want a little more from their coffee.” –Left Hand Coffee in Montauk, demonstrating the Chemex pour-over technique in this Instagram photo. We need a cup now, thank you.

The Hampton Bee returns in late April. Got a tip? Nothing is too great or too small. Trust us. Email editor@thehamptonbee.com. 

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