Laurent Tourondel Looks to the Hamptons

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Laurent Tourondel is in negotiations to take over the space on Sag Harbor’s Main Street that housed Eddie “Jean Luc” Kleefield’s Italian restaurant Grappa and is owned by Eddie Burke Jr., the attorney who famously defended Lizzie Grubman after her Hamptons car crash. “It is a beautiful space,” concedes Tourondel, who has a home in East Hampton and confirms he has been looking for a restaurant in the area, “but no deal is signed yet.” The star chef, who went from five New York restaurants to one (BLT Market) when he and business partner Jimmy Haber split up in March, has also checked out a few spaces in the city.