- The very popular and well respected restaurateur and caterer Tim Burke
launched the new decade in true Hamptons style with a pull out the stops New Year's Eve bash for some 400 Hamptonites at the newly restored historic venue formerly known as Hampton Hall now known as 230 Elm
. Located at - where else - but 230 Elm Street just a short walk from the Southampton train station, the enormous catering hall was decorated in elegant black and white for this beginning of a new decade and un-official launch of the venue. Guests got a sneak peek at the on-going renovations to the hall.
Erin Molloy and Lauren Roberts.
Burke, well known in the area drew in his old team, many of whom had worked with him at the very popular 75 Main
during his tenure there. Forced out by dramatically increasing rents, Burke once again has a venue to call his own.
At 230 Elm, fans of 75 Main will encounter the same warm welcome and the top flight fare prepared by Chef Randy Reiss
who helmed the kitchen at 75 Main. Adding to that are longtime associates and staffers - all locals - including Sue Collins
, Jaci Laborne
, Ashley Donohoe
, Kim Knotoff
, Dick Clair
, Patrick "Whitey" Lanahan
, Steve Phillips
, Carl Runyon
, Cindy Dempsey
, Jeanie Buntz
, Lisa Moore
, Chrissy Phillips
, Fred Lederman
, Ashley Doroska
, Wendy Talmage
, Billy Fullum
, Wayne Bezubec
, and Eileen Noonan
And Burke was not lacking in family support - his wife Felicia Burke
; sister Kathy Bishop
and brother-in-law Congressman Tim Bishop
were on hand to ring in the New Year with him.
There were copious hors d'oeuvres, huge steamship rounds of beef, pasta salads and desserts. More than enough to keep the revelers dancing into the New Year while a jumbo screen carried the countdown in Times Square
. A troupe of beautiful Russian dancers was a highlight of the evening's festivities.
Cynthia and Robert Kolbenheyer with Pamela Jackson Jones and Bill Jones.
Among the revelers all anxious to bid 2009 goodbye were Erin Molloy
and Robert Kolbenheyer
, Alice Flynn
and Pam Jackson Jones
, Lauren Roberts
, Lisa Denoto
, Lynne Leahy
and Rafael Horcasitas
Burke was recently the catering director at the Clamman Seafood Market and Four Seasons
Caterer from 1999 to 2007. In 2000 he started working with Chef Randy Riess. They worked together doing events from beach parties for two people to rock concerts for 10,000. In 2007 Burke and Riess took over 75 Main restaurant in Southampton Village. For two years they built a business to include breakfast, lunch, dinner and special events. Both are now focusing their attention on catering and restaurants and catering management.