Tuesday, May 11, 2010

BLT East?

According to some foodie blogs, chef Laurent Tourondel is planning to take over the Sag Harbor space that housed the restaurant formerly knowns as Grappa. According to Tourondel, "no deal is signed yet," but he's got his eyes on it.

Apparently the French-born chef has a house in East Hampton. Tourondel's "BLT" restaurant chain was all over Manhattan, broken into specialty dish categories (BLT Fish, BLT Burger, BLT Steak, etc..) until he broke with his partner Jimmy Haber. Now he runs the sole space BLT Market. Hamptonyte Blog has actually eaten at BLT Burger (pictured above) and BLT Prime. The brisket was out of this world, but for the most part Tourondel's ego outpaces the quality of his recipes by a long shot. We feel like such insiders (it's an icky feeling) but let's just say we've been around Laurent a fair amount of times and weren't shocked to learn the break-up with Haber was LT's idea.
High prices? Check. Egomaniacal executive chef? Check. Soon-to-run sycophantic restaurant review from the Hamptons press corp? Check. It'll be like Grappa never left! And now this frees up Grappa owner and attorney Eddie Burke Jr. to defend more rich brats who run people over this summer, so everybody wins! And by wins I mean loses.

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