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Hamptons coronavirus case puts a damper on local dining scene

The tony Hamptons was a bubble of activity — until Thursday when the beach hamlet confirmed its first coronavirus case. Now that bubble has burst, giving Hamptons’ restaurateurs a bad case of whiplash — and fears about what’s to come. Over at the Southampton hotspot 75 Main, for example, business was up 50 percent in the first half of March — thanks to a flood of wealthy New Yorkers fleeing the coronavirus threat in Westchester and Manhattan. “I had people waiting for dinner seats at the bar, and that never happens this time of year,” said Zach Erdem, owner of the Italian eatery, which seats 150. Then, on Thursday, the Town of East Hampton confirmed its first case of COVID-19. The woman, who was described as being in he ...