MONTAUK, N.Y. — Were it a normal summer, the staff at Duryea's Lobster Deck here at Long Island's eastern point would this week be starting to wrap up the season. But this is no normal year, and the restaurant isn't changing out of its summer whites just yet.
The dining deck, which was reconfigured to serve people in a socially distanced manner, is now staying open until the end of September. The ramped-up takeout menu, not previously a big part of the business, will still be running until Columbus Day — something it has never done before.
“We’re expecting to maintain steady business … We do feel people are staying out east longer than the typical season, and we’d like to be available for them,” said Emily Corso, the events and marketing director for Montauk Asset Holdings, which owns the restaurant, as well as Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor and a second Duryea's on the North Fork.
“It’s a combination of things — we’ve assessed the traffic is still going, we’ve been talking to regular guests and they are staying in their homes through September and talking to other local business owners that have sensed the same thing,” she said.
Labor Day is usually the unofficial close of business in Long Island’s beach towns as holidayers flood back to school and work for the fall. But this year, with workers remote, colleges online and school reopenings uncertain, everyone from restaurant owners to fitness instructors to real estate brokers are rushing to adjust businesses to try and make hay — even if the sun isn’t shining as much.
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