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Jamesport Manor Inn returned as The Dimon Estate with a new look and menu. Photo by David Benthal

Jamesport Manor Inn returned with a new look, new menu, new name and an interesting nod to the property’s storied past.

Now known as The Dimon Estate, the restaurant’s reworking is the brainchild of Chris Kar and Emily Hammond. Kar wanted to make the menu more accessible, while Hammond focused on mining the history of the building and the surrounding property, which was owned by the shipbuilding Dimon family for 200 years. 

There are reminders of the Dimon family’s shipbuilding legacy throughout, including in one of the dining rooms, where a clipper ship model sits proudly on the fireplace mantle, built by Hammond’s uncle, Frank Corbo. Some of the artwork on the walls is by well-known North Fork photographer Conor Harrigan, a lifelong friend of Kar and his family. Another local artist, Kara Hoblin, contributed a drawing of a classic clipper ship. Other North Fork touches in the restaurant include high-top pub tables in the bar area by Lumber + Salt.

The evolving menu includes entrees like duck, fluke, chicken and pasta, as well as steakhouse-style cuts including filet mignon, venison and swordfish. The lunch menu, available at the bar all day, has more casual fare like a burger with a Black Sheep Pretzel bun, turkey club, ham and cheese toastie and more.

The Dimon Estate (370 Manor Lane, Jamesport) will close for the winter on New Year’s Eve but reopen in March. 

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