The new year will bring more changes to once sleepy Sag Harbor in the Hamptons.
With high prices pushing out many of the last mom and pop shops that made Sag Harbor so charming, celebrity chef Bobby Flay was in talks to take over a space now run by Espresso Italian Specialty and Grill, a sandwich shop at 184 Division St., a small residential street in the heart of the village, according to the owner Corrado Paini.
“The real estate prices have gone crazy over here,” said Paini, who with co-owner Richie Comacho bought the popular shop in 2005 from Robin and Luigi Tagliasachhi, who founded it in 1993.
Paini and Camacho are in talks to take over another space.
While he could not be reached by press time on Monday, Flay tweeted he will not take over the space.
Citarella, with shops in Manhattan and two Hamptons locations, is reported to be also planning a Sag Harbor outlet. It did not return calls by press time.
The biggest trends of 2013 were the expansion of juice bars over frozen yogurt chains, and the continued expansion of independent coffee chains. Birch Coffee, for example, even offers a “disloyalty” card, giving its clients points at Birch when they patronize other independent chains.
Nevertheless, Dunkin Donuts is still the largest coffee chain in the city with 515 shops, having added 39 in 2013.
Another 2013 trend: Restaurants moving from fresh “farm to market” and foraged goods to including more vegan and vegetarian options — as per Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s upcoming third restaurant in the Flatiron’s ABC Carpet & Home, which will be globally inspired vegetarian and vegan.