Dan Schillinger is tired of not cooking.
The new chef at the Blue Inn's renovated restaurant in East Marion said on Wednesday that he will open for business in time for dinner service on Friday with a limited menu. Schillinger said he's about two weeks from getting a liquor license so all beverages will be "virgin".
"But I'm just tired of not being open," he said. "I want to cook."
The Blue Inn was formerly the Inn at the Blue (and before that, the Blue Dolphin) — a laid back place for visitors to stay and locals to have dinner and drinks in East Marion. The Inn itself opened to guests four weeks ago and the restaurant section, seating for which is completely outdoors under a blue awning, has been under construction for about a month.
The Mediterranean-influenced menu will feature fresh and local products, and Schillinger said he plans to prepare even the bar food in a health-conscious way.
"I'm tired of everything slopped in mayo on a bun," he said. "I'm hoping to be the best restaurant on the North Fork — and $10 cheaper than everyone else."
Montauk hotelier Sam Glass, owner of the Ocean Resort Inn on 95 South Emerson Avenue in Montauk,