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Apr 4, 2012 8:53 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Lobster Inn Will Re-Open, No Apartments In Its Future, Developer Says

Apr 10, 2012 12:14 PM

The new owner of the Lobster Inn confirmed this week that the restaurant would re-open this summer while he works on plans for the residential development that will ultimately replace the iconic establishment.

The owner, Eldad Levy, a New York City developer whose company bought the Lobster Inn last fall, also said that while the exact plans for future development of the property are still being drafted, his plans do not include a large condominium building. The layout of the development will be designed to blend into the surrounding neighborhood of smaller single-family homes, Mr. Levy said, although the property would likely be a condominium arrangement with a communal swimming pool and marina access.

“The plan is to build homes, not to put up a building,” Mr. Levy said from his Manhattan office this week. “The approach is to make this project fit into the neighborhood that is already there, to bring the water experience into the community, to design the structures and the landscaping so it will have the feel of the ocean and the bay.”

Sketches of the plans for the property will not be made until, the developer said, they have worked out a number of issues with the town and Suffolk County Health Department that will dictate how many units can be built on the property.

The developer said he doesn’t expect to begin the application process for several months and that the number of units proposed could range anywhere from the dozen or so homes that local zoning would allow as of right, to the 25 cottage-style condo units that former property owner Skip Tollefsen received approval from the town for in 2009.

Despite the approval for the 25 condo units, the Suffolk County Health Department code would not allow for that many to be constructed without a sewage treatment system being built on the property as well.

Mr. Levy said that the development would apply green building principles. He added that vestiges of the Lobster Inn would remain a part of the new design, whether through the preservation of parts of the old restaurant building itself for use as a clubhouse for the development’s new residents or through the incorporation of fixtures from the restaurant and some of the well-known artwork, much of it painted by Mr. Tollefsen.

“The Lobster Inn is an iconic fixture of the Hamptons and we will figure out how to incorporate that and preserve some of the spirit and history of it,” Mr. Levy said. “A lot of people that we talked to remembered going there when they were kids and they knew Skip and all of these things. We cannot ignore them.”

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Let the Summer people eat there.Not me
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Apr 20, 12 4:50 PM
I'll try it after the Parade.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 20, 12 5:08 PM