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Feb 5, 2013 2:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Delmonico's Puts A Steak Into Southampton Village

Feb 6, 2013 9:29 AM

Delmonico’s 1837 steak house and seafood restaurant will join Southampton Village’s menu of dining choices beginning in April.

According to Dennis Turcinovic, the owner of the Delmonico Restaurant Group of Manhattan, Delmonico’s of Southampton is slated to open this spring in the building that once housed the seasonal Savanna’s Restaurant on Elm Street and will be open 10 months out of the year, closing in January and February.

Mr. Turcinovic said he is currently in contract with Howard Lorber, the chairman of the Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate brokerage and Savanna’s owner, to buy the 7,000-square-foot property and has already begun minor construction on the building.

Much like his other two locations in Manhattan—at Beaver Street and at West 36th—Delmonico’s of Southampton will serve its classic American menu of steak and seafood, but will feature local seafood and ingredients.

“It is going to be more Hamptons style—casual but elegant and much lighter fare,” Mr. Turcinovic said. “We’re going to keep everything very local.”

Delmonico’s began in 1827 as a small shop selling pastries, coffee, chocolate, wines and liquors and even Havana cigars. After much success, and a fire, the Delmonico brothers bought a plot of land at the intersection of Beaver, William and South William streets in 1837 and opened what Mr. Turcinovic said was the first fine dining restaurant in the country. Chef Charles Ranhofer invented many dishes, including eggs Benedict, baked Alaska, lobster newburg and chicken a la keene, during his tenure at Delmonico’s in the late 1860s.

Building off its long success, the company opened its second restaurant, Delmonico’s Kitchen, on West 36th last November. The company also plans to open another location in Miami before opening other outposts across the United States.

Mr. Turcinovic said he and his business partner, Milan Licul, decided that the third “outpost” should be in the Hamptons since much of their clientele have homes here.

“The wealthiest people are in Southampton, and being amongst them and feeding them—we’re building on our brand and expanding from there as well,” he said. “We love to go to Southampton in the summer, so we might as well go work there.”

With high hopes, Mr. Turcinovic said the company chose the property because of Savanna’s past success.

“We found out that Savanna’s had a tremendous amount of business and was a very popular place,” he said. “We wanted to capture some of that business that had already been there.”

The company plans on using all 2,000 square feet of its backyard space in the summer. Mr. Turcinovic said he envisions his clientele dining outdoors while the chef prepares meals just feet away. He said he also wants to sell Delmonico’s burgers on the street to people getting off the train, for which he’d need to obtain a sidewalk dining license.

For those who want to have a drink or appetizer before heading out for a night on the town, Delmonico’s will also serve as a lounge. Mr. Turcinovic said he does not plan on using the space as a nightclub, however.

The restaurant will also host the company’s catering business for private parties, fundraisers and weddings. Delmonico’s has been catering for Hamptons parties for some time, but having a physical kitchen in Southampton will allow the company to provide a consistent product, according to Mr. Turcinovic.

Having just received word that Delmonico’s will open its doors in April, Southampton Chamber of Commerce President Micah Schlendorf said he is hopeful the new restaurant will bring more business to the village.

“Anytime you open up a new business, it’s going to impact local business owners,” he said. “My hope is that with Delmonico’s well-known reputation that it will bring additional people into Southampton Town and Southampton Village. Hopefully, they will try Delmonico’s and come back because they noticed the Southampton Publick House and La Parmigiana.”

Mr. Turcinovic said he plans to rent a home for the summer so he can manage the restaurant as it takes off and expressed excitement about opening in April.

“The restaurant is a beautiful little square box,” he said. “This is a good opportunity at an amazing location. We needed to make an investment.”

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By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Feb 6, 13 12:35 PM
you get what you pay for.
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Feb 6, 13 2:29 PM
And Westhampton Beach again gets left in the dust.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Feb 6, 13 1:46 PM
Whatever happened to Outback coming to Southampton?-- wonderful steaks, etc., family friendly and affordable.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Feb 6, 13 2:05 PM
I'm sure it will be good. Just bring a trunkful of money!

By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Feb 6, 13 2:18 PM
not to much in WHB the town is dead
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Feb 6, 13 2:38 PM
Could be expensive, maybe not for the working class.
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Feb 6, 13 4:49 PM
Yall that complain about the prices are tooo funny. What else did you expect?
By the way that building has been a foodie joint since the railroad came to town. back in the 1940s-1950s it was a greasy spoon but ya gotta go with the times out there so lnow it's Delmonico' s
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 6, 13 5:06 PM
I miss BK's and their Wednesday night 2-for specials.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Feb 6, 13 7:07 PM
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Did you know that location was the first post office in Southampton? I wish them well.
By Toto (25), southampton on Feb 6, 13 6:26 PM
Bookie Joe,
I am quite sure that the Delmonico group has done their demographic homework. I've dined at the one on Vegas. One of the best dining expriences I've ever had. I would keep a piggy bank just to go to this place once or twice a year.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 6, 13 6:44 PM
That location has been high end for quite a while and always made money.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Feb 6, 13 9:05 PM
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Sure it will be expensive... But so is red bar, little red, beacon, bell and anchor, etc..... It's the Hamptons... There are far more expensive restaurants than inexpensive.
By bubby (236), southampton on Feb 11, 13 7:38 PM
Why are there objections to someone opening a legitimate business, upgrading the area that will produce dozens of jobs and revenue? I don't imagine there will mass brawls see at other SHV spots such as 75 Main and what the former space of Hansom House provide.
By Phoebe (4), Southampton on Feb 11, 13 7:59 PM