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Turtle Crossing in East Hampton shuts

Nancy Singer, manager of Turtle Crossing, an eat

Nancy Singer, manager of Turtle Crossing, an eat in, carry out, catering business in East Hampton. Credit: Newsday photo / Bill Davis

Nothing is cooking at Turtle Crossing, a veritable East Hampton institution that's gone dark — not just for the season but for good.

The restaurant, which recently morphed from stylish Western-ish BBQ house into a more upmarket “American bistro,” had been a magnet for celebs and locals alike for close to two decades. Although the new menu included  sashimi, along with duck leg confit, it still offered those deeply smoky ribs from its earliest days.

When co-owner Nancy Singer was asked why she and her husband Stanley decided to close the place, she said, “After 18 years, we’re ready for a change,” adding that they're selling the site.  As to what the couple will do next, Singer would only say, “The whole world’s open.”

Above: Co-owner Nancy Singer in 2009, when the BBQ ruled at Turtle Crossing


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