Hamptons Season Alert: Francophile Maison Vivienne Opening This Weekend in Southhampton

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For so many New Yorkers with their heads buried in their business, the opening of the Hamptons “season,” as marked by the Memorial Day weekend, tends to sneak up; and to those agonizing over the still chilly temps in early May, it couldn’t come fast enough.

And so it is that another summer is upon us – and with it comes the requisite news of notable openings in those fashionable beach towns to the East. One such high-profile arrival is Maison Vivienne, a new restaurant and boutique inn located along picturesque Main Street in Southampton.

Transporting breezy Provençal elegance across the Atlantic, the white-tableclothed, high-ceilinged, dramatically chandeliered space is staged to welcome urbane Europhile sorts rather than post-beach party people. And high-profile Executive Chef Florian V. Hugo – who did time with Alain Ducasse at NYC’s Essex House – forwards an unfussy South-of-France-influenced menu…meaning ratatouille, roast chicken with couscous, grilled langoustines, yellow fin salad niçoise, and pissaladiere, a Provençal-style thin crust “pizza.”

But the Maison also offers nine rooms, done up in a charmingly minimalist, rustic chic style – perfect for those amorous escapes from the so many urbanista weekday stresses and tensions. Plan to settle into a romantic, beamed-ceilinged suite, and pop out only for sustenance.