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Former Elbow Room Chef to Take Over Restaurant at The Blue Inn

Mark Gray will cook at the Blue starting in May.

The restaurant at the Blue Inn in East Marion has changed hands once again.

Mark Gray, the former chef of the Elbow Room in Jamesport, has partnered with Eugene Gluck to reopen the restaurant, which was under scrutiny by Southold Town last fall for not conforming to code.

The new place, which is set for a soft opening on May 16, is called Gray’s at the Blue and will feature Irish pub fare that Gray is known for — he’s from Ireland.

“We’ll also try to do some quiet music at the Tiki bar outside,” Gluck said. “We don’t intend to do anything loud.”

What do you think of this East Marion spot? Let us know in the comments below.

joe insider January 25, 2013 at 11:21 PM
This is how it will play out. The new guy will expand the use beyond the currently allowed use and then have music because "he needs to make money". The neighbors will complain and the town will remind the owner that he is not allowed to have the use without a variance. Then you all come on here and attack Russell because he brother owns a restaurant.
Stan Uproar lll January 26, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Im sure Gary is a fine lad indeed but will this pub be hipster friendly its from greenport on is becoming hipster town meself from county cork and Williamsburg and vacation on the northfork know what the nf needs and that hipester spot wth that I wish Gary luck and me and my friendswill be there this summer
ethel terry January 26, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Glad to hear the blue is reopening being from orient it is always nice to have a close places to go,, and going to the elbow rooms for years is even better hope for some of the same dishes being served. Good luck the terrys
Carol Stares January 26, 2013 at 03:29 PM
The very very best of luck to Mark. One question: what is a "soft" opening as opposed to a "hard" opening. Is this restaurant lingo?
Catherine Chaudhuri January 26, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Also being from Orient, it's great to have a place closer than Greenport. We frequented The Blue a lot this year and enjoyed Al's cooking. We will certainly visit the new chef and hope it's as good as it was. We wish the new chef luck!
Bob Bittner January 26, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Irish Pub with fiddles of Irish sound is anything but loud. But then decibels are in the Ears of the beholder. WIsh this venture good luck a nice Irish Pub would be a welcome addition to the North Fork.
Jackie McKee January 26, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Will be nice to have the Irish in the 'hood, and trust they will comply with current zoning regs. As an EM resident I tend to think Joe Insider is right, though.
Peconic man January 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM
What will the steak be like ?
James Cope January 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM
In the short run, it would do Mr. Gray and Mr. Gluck well to acquaint themselves with the zoning requirements specific to The Blue that limit or restrict allowable uses of the restaurant concession, that are currently in force. Apparently, unfortunately, the previous tenant did not or relied on information that may have been supplied by the absentee landlord(s), contrary to written agreements they have with the town in addition to the code. This location is not a commercial business in a commercially zoned district but rather a limited use facility in a residential zone. Jim Cope Eastmarion
Deborah Kusa January 27, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Looking forward to a special place to dine in East Marion. Let's see how these fellows progress, it would be pleasant to be able to stroll home after supper on a summer's eve. Eugene is a pleasant, local North Fork gentleman that we can support I hope?

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