Coolest northforker stories of 2017: Renovated Sound View opens

Galen Zamarra inside the piano bar at the Halyard in Greenport. (Credit David Benthal)

The much anticipated renovation of the Sound View hotel and its accompanying restaurant, The Halyard, was unveiled to the public in late summer.

One of the North Fork’s largest and most striking commercial Soundfront properties, the restaurant, as well as the hotel’s public spaces and 55 guest rooms, were completely overhauled and redesigned by the Brooklyn-based firm Studio Tack. The restaurant’s executive chef is now James Beard Award-winner Galen Zamarra.

The business, which opened as the 10-room Sound Shore motel in 1953, was owned and operated by the Levin family until they sold to Eagle Point Hotel Partners in 2016. The inn had expanded over the years, but the most noticeable feature has remained unchanged: the backdrop of sweeping Long Island Sound views, which make guests feel as if they are dining at sea.

“We came into the opportunity with the promise we were going to embrace and enhance what we purchased,” said Eagle Point co-founder Erik Warner. “And that’s exactly what we did.”

The bar in the dining room’s center was halved and moved against a wall, along with reupholstered swivel bar stools. New oak flooring has been installed and the walls and ceiling painted white. Original touches in one section have been retained and reborn as a piano bar, while a nautical-themed library is available for private events.

As for the restaurant, Zamarra now oversees the 100-seat main dining room and accompanying 40-seat deck, as well as the lounge, where hotel guests are treated to breakfast.