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Doppio East to Open Sag Harbor Spot in Former Madison & Main Location

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By Tessa Raebeck

Known for artisanal pizzas and authentic Italian cuisine, Doppio Artisan Bistro will be opening a new location in Sag Harbor this spring, at the 126 Main Street spot previously occupied by Madison & Main.

The restaurant, Doppio East, will offer a raw bar, small plates and pizzas fresh from the dining room’s new brick oven.

As roommates at Fordham University, executive chef Louis Barresi and partner Thomas Pescuma dreamed of opening a restaurant together. While Pescuma worked in financial services, Barresi and his brother Joseph founded Doppio Artisan Bistro in Greenwich, Connecticut three years ago.

Following the first restaurant’s success, the duo joined with Harry Armon, Pescuma’s partner in a financial consulting firm, to found The Timeless Hospitality Group. The group opened Doppio Huntington in April 2013 and a French bistro, Barrique Restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut, two months later. They bought a Hudson Street location in New York City in the fall and are opening Doppio NYC this month.69928x471

Their latest venture into good food, Doppio East is a casual bistro set to open as early as March. Having visited the area every summer, Pescuma “got the urge” to open a location on the East End.

After purchasing the space occupied by The Paradise last year, Madison & Main co-owners Michael Gluckman and Eric Miller performed extensive renovations to the building’s interior. Pescuma said the new owners plan to keep many of the layout changes, such as leaving the bar by the restaurant’s front entrance. A brick pizza oven will warm the room from the back left corner.

Not yet finalized, the Doppio East menu will have many of the Italian staples from the restaurant’s other locations, with added seafood options and a full raw bar. It will feature pizzas, 10 to 12 piattini (small plates), appetizers, soups, salads, Panini, meat and seafood dishes, and, of course, pastas. All Doppio East dressings, breads and pastas will be made in house.

Coming straight from the brick oven, the selection of 10 to 15 artisan pizzas will include the signature Doppio pizza: butternut squash puree, mozzarella di bufala and pancetta finished with the finest extra virgin olive oil.

Large groups at Doppio typically order several pizzas and small plates. Ranging in price from $6 to $25 at the Huntington location, the dishes include: Clams Al Doppio, top neck clams, fresh herbs and panko bread crumbs; Polenta E Funghi Al Tartufo, a mixed wild mushroom polenta with truffle oil; and Polpo Alla Griglia, a “very popular” char-grilled octopus dish with fennel, arugula and citrus.553135363

The fresh pastas are done “Carpaccio style,” Pescuma says, meaning the house made pasta is baked in tinfoil and hand rolled. In addition to classic dishes like fettuccini Bolognese and meat lasagna, Doppio offers high-end dishes such as Pappardelle al Ragu D’Agnello, or house made pappardelle with braised lamb shank ragu, and Fusilli in Cartoccio, which features hand rolled pasta, porcini mushrooms, baby heirloom tomato, truffle oil and mascarpone cheese and is “the biggest seller as far as pasta goes,” according to Pescuma.

On bread baked in house, the Fiorentina Panini has skirt steak, caramelized onions and melted Gorgonzola dolce, while the Salsiccia Panini is filled with sweet Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and fresh mozzarella.

The partners are looking forward to adding several new dishes to the Sag Harbor menu; including a new chicken Chianti and at least one lobster dish.

“The plate size, despite the name, is actually pretty big,” Pescuma says of the piattini, adding that they may scale the size down and lower the prices for the Sag Harbor spot, although nothing has been finalized.

Doppio East plans to have regular live music and nightly bar specials on drinks and small plates and is “definitely going to be open year-round,” Pescuma said, adding the venue is ideal for private events.

Doppio East is opening this spring at 126 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, visit timelesshospitalitygroup.com.

A New Aesthetic for Paradise Lost

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By Kathryn G. Menu

It became abundantly clear to everyone in Sag Harbor by the end of this past summer that The New Paradise Café’s days could be numbered. Advertisements in local newspapers pointed to the fact that restaurateur Robert Durkin was struggling to renew a five-year lease at the Main Street space with property owner Hal Zwick.

By mid-September, the restaurant’s website came down and its lettering was removed from the awning above the long-standing staple in Sag Harbor dining.

Now, a new team hoping to open a restaurant in the space — chef Eric Miller and restaurateur Michael Gluckman — have taken the first steps towards making that space their own.

During a meeting of the Sag Harbor Village Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) last Thursday, December 13, Chef Miller revealed he was in lease negotiations with Zwick and hoped to change the aesthetic. His idea includes opening up the restaurant to the sidewalk through two French doors that face onto Main Street.

“What we are trying to do is enter into a long-term lease at 126 Main Street,” said Miller at last Thursday’s meeting.

Miller said the goal was to expose the restaurant to more light, in a similar fashion achieved at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse on Main Street in Bridgehampton.

Miller proposed two French doors that could open up to the sidewalk on Main Street, in what was an informal discussion item before the ARB.

According to Miller, the team has discussed the concept of naming the restaurant “The Peconic,” making it a seafood tavern focused on local, fresh seafood and vegetables.

Miller, who owned the lauded seafood-centric restaurant The Catch in Port Jefferson, is also a partner in Food & Co.

“I am looking forward to cooking food from around here,” said Miller.

Changing the aesthetic of the former Paradise building, said Miller, is critical.

“If we can open up the front I think that is very important to our success,” he said.

“I think it is great,” said ARB Chairman Cee Scott Brown. “When I reviewed this, I thought this is a long time coming.”

Miller was encouraged to bring formal plans back to the ARB for approval.

Another Main Street application that earned high marks from the ARB on Thursday night was Jim Giorgio’s proposal to raise 125 Main Street — the home of WellNEST — and restore the building from the foundation up.

The building was originally constructed in the 1750s. So badly deteriorated, Giorgio’s architect Chuck Thomas originally proposed its demolition and re-building the structure in-kind. But that idea was quickly re-buffed by residents, as well as not-for-profit organizations like the Sag Harbor Historical Society and Save Sag Harbor.

The project took new shape with a proposal to lift the building and construct a new foundation, while the first and second stories would be reframed using as much historic material as possible.

Giorgio also plans to remove existing vinyl siding and replace it with wood and also has proposed to make an existing asphalt roof shingled wood as well.

“Time is of the essence,” said Thomas on Thursday night, noting that Giorgio would like to see the major construction completed before the summer season begins.

Brown indicated the applicant should submit formal plans for approval for the ARB’s January 10 session.

In other ARB news, Kathleen White was approved for new windows at her Jefferson Street home, and Katherine Betts was approved for the demolition and reconstruction of her 122 Madison Street residence, although the ARB did ask architect Kathryn Fee to consider using wood, instead of asphalt shingles on the roof. Roof materials, according to the board resolution, were tabled to a later date while the rest of the project can move forward in seeking a building permit from the Sag Harbor Village Building Department.

Maria Mathiesen was also approved for the replacement of 12 windows at her Bayview Avenue home and Matt Arena was approved for a garage at 97 Glover Street.