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Kevyn Zeller just opened her first Hamptons-based Pilates studio in East Hampton this month. (Photo courtesy of Brandway Creatives)

The race is on ‘til Memorial Day and businesses across the South Fork are readying themselves for the fast-approaching summer season. While there are a good number of brand-spanking new spots to look out for, ranging from restaurants to Pilates studios to luxury dog accessory stores, keep in mind that some of our most beloved Hamptons haunts are dusting themselves off after what seemed like an extra-long winter. Here’s a taste of what’s opening up in the next couple of weeks.

What’s New

Kevyn Zeller Pilates recently opened an East End studio located at 7 Muchmore Lane in East Hampton Village. Zeller, who also serves as a life coach, has over 24 years of experience and combines artistry and scientific understanding into her teaching methods. Fully equipped with a tower system and high chair designed by her mentor, Amy Taylor Alpers, along with select pieces from Balance Body’s Contrology line, Zeller’s method of Pilates “transcends the physical.” Call 917-515-1270.

Bonefly, an active luxury lifestyle brand for dogs, opened on Main Street Sag Harbor May 4 in the ground level space of the Latham House, next to Jack’s Coffee. Offering leashes, harnesses, collars and bowls made from an organic, biodegradable silicone, the products are all dishwasher safe with sizes ranging from dogs as small as two pounds to as heavy as 100. Bonefly products can also be decorated with removable, signature bones that are available in silver, gold and colored Swarovski crystal.

East Hampton’s Village Bistro, located in the space that formerly housed Rowdy Hall, opened on May 10. Serving a French-American inspired classics like escargot, croque monsieur, French onion soup and steak tartare the eatery will also offer super approachable items, such as a burger, fish and chips, roasted salmon and steak frites. Right now, they’re open for dinner every day at 5 p.m. and will start serving lunch in June. Located at 10 Main Street. Call 631-907-2772 for reservations.

Slated for a Memorial Day Weekend opening is Sag Harbor Tavern, the latest effort from Billy Durney, owner of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Tavern and Hometown Bar-B-Que. Set to operate out of the same commercial space the longtime Dockside was in for decades — located within the village’s American Legion Hall on Bay Street — Sag Harbor Tavern will offer an extensive wine list, house-made cocktails and locally sourced seafood dishes. While menu items are slated to feature some of their house staples such as their cheddar cheese and ham croquettes and their famous burger, made from dry-aged Pat LaFrieda meat, there will also be ample seafood options, plus a large wine selection and at least half a dozen house-made cocktails. Check out their Instagram page here.

Restaurateur Kyky Conille, best known here on the East End for his former nightclub Lily Pond, is opening a Hamptons outpost of his NYC-based resto/nightclub combo: Il Pellicano and Bijoux. Opening Memorial Day weekend in the former Blu Mar/Nello’s space in Southampton (136 Main St.), the restaurant portion (Il Pellicano) will include an authentic Italian-style menu focusing on seafood from chef Rocco Dispirito while the back of the space will be a new take on the luxe bar and lounge, Bijoux, serving craft cocktails and bottle service. There will also be outdoor day beds and cabanas available to be used by guests both day and night.

Amanda Duckstein just opened her Shadowbox Pilates (670 Montauk Highway) in Water Mill earlier this month. With nearly a decade and a half of experience teaching Pilates Duckstein offers five different classes every day (except Sunday) at her Water Mill location (next to the post office), with her signature class clocking in at 40 minutes plus 10 minutes of shadow boxing with weights. She also specializes in specializes in pre and postnatal Pilates and infrared sauna therapy. For a class schedule, click here. 631-726-0299.

On Shelter Island, grab a seat at 1901 Grill (26 Sunnyside Ave.), the revamp of the Shelter Island Country Club’s on-course restaurant. Named for the year the nine-hole public golf course opened, proprietor Jimmy Lang is gunning to bring family-friendly, affordable, alfresco eating to the island. Doors just opened this month for lunch, dinner and bar bites. Cheers to that.

Oldies but still goodies

Sunset Harbor in Springs re-opens for the season on Friday. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

Re-opening this Friday, May 17, is Sunset Harbor (situated over Maidstone Harbor Marina, where the former Harbor Bistro used to be) overlooking Three Mile Harbor in Springs. Specializing in contemporary Japanese and sushi, the eatery boasts a killer waterfront view and in addition to weekly entertainment, like Thursday movie nights, Saturday night dueling pianos, and Sunday reggae, will debut a transformed game room — think darts, ring toss, ping pong and more!  Sí Sí (295 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road), another resto under the EHP Hospitality Umbrella in Springs, offers Mediterranean style food and drink and re-opens for the summer May 22. The re-opening marks the return of the resto’s popular Sunday brunches as well as a rotating roster of DJs on Friday and Saturday night and a ladies’ night (complete with drinks specials) on Tuesdays. Finally, Enchanté, the hospitality group’s Southampton eatery, opens for the season May 23. Expected offerings from the French inspired bistro will include weekly wine dinner series, jazz on Thursdays, daily aperitif hour and ladies’ night on Tuesday.

The Montauk Beach House (55 S. Elmwood Ave.), “a boutique hotel destination” renowned for their one-of-a-kind pool parties, complete with DJs and luxurious vibes, re-opens this Thursday, May 16, with a new concept for this season. The menu is slated to pull inspiration from director of operations Yanni Papgianni’s childhood in Greece. Featured items from chef Andres Zeron will include a lamb burger, Ntakos Greek salad, beef kebab and shrimp Santorini. Mixologist and bar manager Nikola Jablanovic will be offering hand-crafted cocktails. And this Friday, May 17, the Montauk outpost of Sel Rose (4 S. Elmwood Ave.) will be back slinging oysters, cocktails and bubbles in this southern Spain-inspired night spot from bar owner Kristin Vincent.

The Beacon in Sag Harbor opens for its 26th season tomorrow night. (Photo credit: Jason Penney)

Back for its 26th season, one of Sag Harbor’s waterfront mainstays, the Beacon (8 Water St.), re-opens for the season tomorrow night. With dinner service set to begin at 5:30 p.m. diners can expect some old school faves (like the lobster rigatoni, or the salmon rillette, or the tuna tostada… but we digress!) as well as some new school specials. Reservations are recommended, make yours at 631-725-7088.

Proprietors Keith and Ali Bavaro’s Salt on Shelter Island just re-opened for its 12th season. Designed as a “come as you are” indoor-outdoor spot focusing on fresh food and good drinks, it overlooks West Neck Harbor and is situated at Island Boatyard, so coming by boat is encouraged! For dinner reservations, call 631-749-5535. Located at 63 South Menantic Road.

In Westhampton Beach, Taylor’s Sushi Suite’s grand re-opening was last week. Operating out of an upstairs room at Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine (32 Mill Road), Sushi Suite, now in its second year, is a 17-course omakase experience offered at an eight-seat bar on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. It’s reservation only and space is limited. Book yours here!

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