Hamptons Happenings: Boathouse Owner Opens New One, Bagatelle Searches, and More

Ed 'Jean Luc' Kleefield.
Ed 'Jean Luc' Kleefield. Photo: Patrick McMullan

The Hamptons restaurant game of musical chairs is in swing again. We hear that the Bagatelle boys were close to a deal to take over the former Laundry space at 341 Pantigo Road in East Hampton, and were even planning to install a swimming pool out back, when the deal fell apart. The lease was snatched up by Colin Keillor, a former bartender at Nichol’s, and his partner Matt Dauch. According to Keillor, Spring Close Restaurant will serve “an extensive American menu.” Meanwhile team Bagatelle is in talks to partner with Michael Gluckman, who has just has taken over the long-fallow Prime 103 space at 103 Montauk Highway, last owned by the notorious Eddie “Jean Luc” Kleefield. “It was a real legal mess but we finally got the space,” confirmed Gluckman, who currently owns the hopping Boathouse on Three Mile Harbor. He plans to open a modern steakhouse with a wood-burning oven for pizzas and fish.