FIRE ISLAND

After fire, Whalehouse Point restaurant to be rebuilt

Concessioner LoveFINS looks for a design that is ‘better than ever’

Glenn Rohrbacker
Posted 2/27/20

After a fire destroyed the Whalehouse Point Beach Bar & Restaurant at Watch Hill Marina on Fire Island last September, Watch Hill concessioner LoveFINS and the National Park Service are planning …

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FIRE ISLAND

After fire, Whalehouse Point restaurant to be rebuilt

Concessioner LoveFINS looks for a design that is ‘better than ever’

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After a fire destroyed the Whalehouse Point Beach Bar & Restaurant at Watch Hill Marina on Fire Island last September, Watch Hill concessioner LoveFINS and the National Park Service are planning a redesign of the property. The agency released a request for proposals last week for architectural designers.

“We believe this is an extraordinary opportunity for an impactful & lasting architectural design of a National Park resource on our beautiful seashore,” LoveFINS said in an email.

LoveFINS is working with NPS to get the required approvals for the site, and they hope to start demolition soon. General manager Doug Biviano said they want to move as quickly as possible to get the restaurant back up and running.

“We want to rebuild Whalehouse Point restaurant to be an amazing destination on Fire Island,” Biviano said.

While the process moves forward, there will still be food, drinks and music at Whalehouse Point. Biviano said there would be a food truck available, similar to the end of last season. There will also be a party tent for people to sit under and even more live music than last year.

“I think it’s going to be a great season,” Biviano added.

For the RFP, LoveFINS is looking for someone who loves the resource of the national park of Fire Island and has a vision to build “better than ever” while also adhering to a reasonable budget.

"We're looking for architects who love Watch Hill and will design an inspiring restaurant that captures the amazing Fire Island National Seashore sunsets over the bay, is a sustainable destination for visitors for decades to come and built within budget in a most challenging and remote barrier island national park setting," Biviano said.

The Whalehouse Point restaurant burned down on Sept. 3 during a nighttime fire. The fire was contained in about an hour and saw response from most Fire Island and mainland fire departments and emergency crews. As previously reported in the Advance, it was the first major fire at Watch Hill in years. The boardwalks and nearby buildings were saved.

For more information or to keep up with the project, follow LoveFINS on social media or visit www.lovefins.com. 

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