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Bridgehampton: Fire shuts Southfork Kitchen

The dining room at Southfork Kitchen restaurant on

The dining room at Southfork Kitchen restaurant on the Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, which is set to close. (May 21, 2011) Credit: Gordon M. Grant

On the first big weekend of the season, a "minor fire" caused major disruption for the much-anticipated Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton.

The dining room was cleared just before 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Customers waited in the parking lot, drinks in hand, while the fire department went in with saws and water hoses.

The extent of the damage appeared limited to the kitchen area. Callers will be advised that the restaurant "will be reopening in the very near future." Southfork Kitchen is an eclectic, New American-style establishment that emphasizes the sustainable and enviro-friendly, and using local products.

Southfork Kitchen is at 203 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke.; 631-537-4700.

The Southfork Kitchen dining room.