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Not all Hamptons openings happen when it's warm out. Highway Diner & Bar made its debut last month in the East Hampton space that last housed Rugosa. Landmark to look for: World War II tank.
Owner Gunnar Myers characterized the new place as “a beachy diner with an easy, groovy vibe” and a modern, sophisticated edge, complete with steel and quartz bar.
Chef Robert Gurvich, who cooked at the former Alison in Bridgehampton, offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner repertoire with easy-to-take prices and such dishes as brioche French toast ($9), Reuben sandwich ($12), lettuce chicken wraps ($10), roast chicken ($18), and grilled vegetables with quinoa ($16). Finales include a house made chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich ($6), a root beer float ($5) and a chocolate milkshake ($5).
Right now, hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Highway Diner & Bar is at 290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 631-324-0130.
Above: Fountain counter at the new Highway Diner & Bar in East Hampton