UPDATE: Former Indian Cove Restaurant to Open As Cowfish

Rumba owner David Hersh has taken over the Hampton Bays restaurant.

UPDATE: This establishment is now open. Find out more here.

Hampton Bays owner David Hersh is in the middle of making his dream to bring a new, one-of-a-kind restaurant to Hampton Bays — He's sinking a lot of money into it.

"It's make it or break it," he said.

Hersh recently leased the Indian Cove Restaurant, located on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, and is in the process of renovating it with a goal to re-open it under the name Cowfish in April.

"It is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the Hampton Bays and Hamptons area," said Hersh."I am trying to bring that spot to life."

With his first restaurant, Rumba closed for the season, Hersh says he has focused his energy on creating a new restaurant that not only will be affordable, but will be geared toward everybody, from families, to singles to couples, to big spenders to the middle class.

One feature Hersh is excited about is an outdoor, pirate-ship-themed playground for children that will overlook the water and be fenced in with tables for parents to sit and watch their kids while enjoying a martini.

Hersh, who has two young boys of his own with his wife, Rachel, felt that the addition of a playground that will lure families to the establishment.

Also outside, Hersh says he has designed a bar so unique that he had to obtain approval from the town's architectural review board to construct it.

"It's going to be amazing," said Hersh, who hinted that the bar will have a nautical theme and sails shooting off of it.

Once complete, the inside of the restaurant will have a "Manhattan-loft" feel with lots of metal and and unfinished wood. And the walls, said Hersh are going to be painted by local artists.

"We are letting the artists use the walls as if they were an art studio," said Hersh.

And if customers are looking for a different feel, Hersh said they will be able to take a ferry boat to his Rumba location, which has an Island vacation theme.

"It's about creating an experience," said Hersh. "It's going to be a fun place."

Talking about the menu, Hersh said dishes will be not only be made from quality ingredients, but also be simple and affordable with lots of steaks and seafood.

Dishes Hersh said will range from $18 to $30 and he is working on a discount card that will be available to locals.

Hersh is also working with a Nappa Valley winery to offer a top-of-the-line wine list for glasses that are usually only poured by the bottle.

At 30-years-old, Hersh says this is just the beginning for him. With no worries about the economy – everyone has to eat, he says — he has his eye on opening multiple restaurants across the Hamptons.

"I hope to have the largest restaurant company in the whole Hamptons and create places that are not the fanciest or the most expensive, but are fun," he said.




Ralebird February 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Napa Valley. Who edits the editor?
paumanock February 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Wow! I can't wait! Good luck!
Lillian February 07, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but, don't we have alot of great wineries locally ? Otherwise this place sounds great !
cathy from hb February 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
napa...where are you getting the fish - thailand?
Tina Howard February 08, 2012 at 12:56 AM
This sounds great and I am so excited to have a place nearby to have fun with my husband AND kids!!
Margaret A Pugsley February 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
can't wait for it to open
Hannah Ritter February 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Rumba is fabulous, so I am sure this new place will be also!
Rachel February 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM
You are absolutely correct. Which is why Rumba's wine list is primarily from Long Island vineyards and Cowfish will also have a great variety of local wines. We always look to support our local market first.
E. Trillo February 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM
You should have a water taxi that stops at Cowisih, Rumbas, the Lobster Inn, the Canal, Tide Runners, Oaklands, the bay side dock at Tiana Beach and Molanar's Landing. Let people get a waterside view of the beautiful Hamlet of Hampton Bays. Charge $5 or $10 for an all day ticket purchased on board. Publish a schedule and run it on weekend during the Summer. A shallow draft pontoon boat like the Riverhead Tour boat would be nice. Cheers
michele March 23, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I can't wait. I love Rumba and if we can get a nice restaurant with the same great food for everyone and on the water a big plus.. I say GREAT!!! I will be there A lot!!!!! Good luck and well wishes for success
michele March 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I also want to say... that another location that would be fabulous in the future is the EAST QUOGUE land for sale also on the water.. It has a building on it that used to be a dance club. It's right on Montauk Highway. You're doing a great job so far.. Keep it up.
Patricia July 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Excited to check out Cowfish tonight for our wedding anniversary. We've celebrated our anniversary at Indian Cove for the past few years and have always had a pleasant dining experience plus, let's face it, you can't beat the views. One of the nicest pieces of real estate on Long Island.
David h hersh October 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
How about opening a place in clearwater fl and Kingston NY on the rounout creek this creek is tidal water that goes to the Hudson river.


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