Celebrating the abundance of local produce, fish and shellfish on Long Island’s East End is not a new concept to the region’s food scene. This summer, a chef who made his name honoring fresh ingredients and the artisans who produce them plans to set up shop in Bridgehampton, right near the rich loam long treasured for its exceptional growing power.
A spokesperson for chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio confirmed on Tuesday that he will open the Topping Rose House at the historic Bulls Head Inn on the corner of Montauk Highway and the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike.
According to the chef’s spokesperson, Colicchio’s Craft Restaurants will operate the luxury inn, which is currently under construction. It will be the team’s first foray into a hotel project.
The inn is slated to open in the late summer, a spokesman confirmed, and will operate year-round with 22-rooms and a restaurant with a “vegetable-focused menu.”
The property is also being developed to include a spa, a swimming pool and a crabapple orchard.
Those unfamiliar with Colicchio’s reputation in the kitchen, are still likely accustomed to his exacting, yet fair, manner as the head judge on the Emmy Award winning Bravo series “Top Chef,” which is currently wrapping up its ninth season.
However, Colicchio’s name in the culinary world was made long before he took the helm at what would become one of the Bravo channel’s most popular series. In 1994, he partnered with famed restaurateur Danny Meyer and opened the Gramercy Tavern. The restaurant evolved into one of the most popular restaurants in Manhattan.
In 2001, Colicchio opened Craft, a restaurant that to this day is focused on serving simple, flavorful and fresh food, a list of local purveyors proudly displayed on its menu. Craft Restaurants now manages Craft locations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, as well as Craftbar in New York and Los Angeles, ‘wichcraft in New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco, Craftsteak in Las Vegas and Connecticut, and Colicchio & Sons in New York and Riverpark, which is also in New York.
And now the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton can be added to the list.