Community Dining

Posted on 03 April 2010

Frankly, we’re disappointed the Fairway Café at the Poxabogue Golf Course appears to be destined to change from the comfortable place we’ve come to enjoy. It’s unfair to throw stones at a new business before it even moves in, but we hate to see something so good go away.

Honestly, the new tenants in the concession  — if there are to be new tenants — may prove to be wonderful neighbors who make great omelets. We all should be willing to give them the chance. But our fear is that the little place that offers a reasonably-priced breakfast — a rare commodity in these parts — may become just another high priced eatery along the highway.

Just as the towns stepped in to preserve what could be called “community golfing” at the tiny nine hole golf course, they should assert their role as landlords to ensure the concession remains “community dining.” If you remember, at the height of usury, previous owners of the golf course actually charged $50 a round for nine holes on the weekend. Another nine? Another $50. One hundred dollars to play 18 at Poxy? Really?

We don’t want to see $100 lunch bills for a party of two.

We understand the concessionaire is entitled to change and grow his restaurant — that’s the nature of the business. But this is an unusual circumstance. The Fairway Café is not a restaurant in downtown Bridgehampton; it is a restaurant on a publicly-owned property adjacent to a public golf course the town government and its constituents have said they want to remain affordable. We ask they take the same position with the café.

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