The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter announced that The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton is the first on the South Fork to join its Ocean Friendly Restaurant network.
The only other restaurant on the East End with this designation is First and South in Greenport. The two are among 400 restaurants throughout Surfrider’s North American network of Ocean Friendly restaurants, an initiative that began in 2018. It’s a pledge for greener practices.
According to the Surfrider website, the restaurants promise no expanded Styrofoam use, proper recycling practices, only utilizing reusable tableware for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food provided only upon request, no plastic bags, paper straws provided only upon request, all seafood is “Best of Choice” or “Good Alternative” as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable, vegetarian/vegan food options are offered regularly, customers with reusable items receive a discount, energy efficient efforts, no beverages sold in plastic bottles, and water conservation efforts are implemented.