North Fork Table & Inn, Southold’s seminal farm-to-table restaurant, is on the market along with its eight en-suite bedrooms for $3.8 million.
North Fork Table & Inn opened in 2006, a collaboration between culinary power couple Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming, and hospitality veterans Mike and Mary Mraz. With its refined locally sourced food and streamlined farmhouse decor, the restaurant received four stars from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti in 2009 and garnered national attention for kicking off the North Fork’s gastronomic golden age. It was most recently included on Newsday's list of Top 10 New American restaurants.
Hayden said that the restaurant would remain open until it is sold.
In 2011, Hayden, 49. was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Since then, while he has retained the title of executive chef and continued to compose the menu, his worsening condition left the actual cooking in others’ hands. A year ago, veteran Hamptons chef Kevin Penner came on board as Hayden’s “culinary collaborator.”
Hayden said Tuesday that all four partners made the decision to sell and that it was “the hardest thing we had to do. We all decided that we didn't want to keep going without all of us.”
The sale is being handled by Saunders, a Hamptons-based real estate firm, and includes the two-story 19th-century building, a one-acre plot and the Lunch Truck, stationed in the parking lot, that serves sandwiches, salads and Fleming's much-lauded cookies.