Zach Erdem Debuts Zerdem Restaurant, ZEY Lodge on North Fork

Zach Erdem Debuts Zerdem Restaurant, ZEY Lodge on North Fork

On Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend, the refurbished 75 Predominant, with new picket flooring, a travertine bar, $200,000 coffered ceilings and contemporary palm tree wallpaper, was spilling over with diners reveling within the unofficial begin of summer season, and joyously contrasting it to final yr’s washout.

At his traditional seat up entrance, proprietor Zach Erdem was entertaining a desk stuffed with visitors together with WABC Radio and Gristedes Meals chief John Catsimatidis.

“Now it seems like we’re in Mykonos right here,” he beamed.

With tables nonetheless full inside and outside, Erdem strolled up the block to his different Southampton restaurant, Blu Mar, which sits under Harpoon Home, the nine-room lodge he owns. Each locations have additionally been renovated and, although dinner was winding down, his membership behind Blu Mar, known as “Predominant Room,” was simply kicking into excessive gear, and visitors have been dancing to the tunes of a DJ.

Zach Erdem Debuts Zerdem Restaurant, ZEY Lodge on North Fork
Zach ErdemCourtesy Zach Erdem

Erdem has additionally grow to be the star of a Max streaming actuality present, Serving the Hamptons, which will likely be taking pictures one other six episodes, beginning in July.

One would suppose that with all this motion and so many enterprises, heading into the busiest time of yr, he may not have time to concentrate on anything. However Erdem has a exceptional entrepreneurial drive, and a month in the past he determined to develop to the North Fork, opening a Mediterranean restaurant, ZErdem, and a lodge, ZEY, together with a restaurant and lounge, Café 75.

The owner who owned the buildings known as him and stated, “I do know you’ll say, ‘no,’ however I simply need you to see these properties.”

“I by no means thought I might have an interest, however once I noticed them, I couldn’t consider how lovely they have been, proper on Predominant Road in Greenport, the best way my eating places are on Predominant Road in Southampton, however the hire was a couple of quarter of what it’s there,” says Erdem.

The primary chef he employed was a lady with a terrific popularity, however she informed him she wanted 9 months to open a restaurant, and he needed to show it round for a Memorial Day premiere.

“I work 22 hours a day; I don’t work a tender shift like lazy individuals,” says Erdem, who has no monetary backers. “I’m not a wealthy child and I don’t wish to hear {that a} chef can’t open a restaurant. I opened a lodge and two eating places in a single month.”

Erdem, who had been a shepherd in Turkey, got here to the U.S. in 2002 when he was simply 21, and commenced working at 75 Predominant as a dishwasher, then moved to Nello Summertime to grow to be a bartender and later a supervisor. 9 years after arriving, he bought 75 Predominant and moved on to buy Nello and the lodge above it in 2016.

The second restaurant was a revenge buy. “They stated they needed to make me the perfect maître d’ and I didn’t even know what that was, however I labored so exhausting and in the future they fired me,” he remembers. “I stated then I might in the future purchase the place and eliminate them, and I did!”

Erdem’s days of growth are removed from over. Subsequent Could, he’s planning on opening a brand new restaurant in Lengthy Seashore, together with a luxurious cigar bar and an adjoining grab-and-go store. “There are 440 apartment items above the area, so there will likely be tons of consumers, and there are 20,000 individuals on that boardwalk,” he enthuses. “It’s solely 45 minutes from the town and everybody loves it there.”

For now, he’s nonstop on the East Finish, and after his Saturday evening, he will likely be on the go vivid and early Sunday. “I’ve to stand up at 6 a.m. tomorrow to ensure everyone seems to be on time for work, as a result of at brunch we’re doing 700 covers,” he says. “It’s OK; I’m not sleeping anyway as a result of I’m so excited summer season is right here.”

ZErdem might be discovered at 314 Predominant Road, Greenport. The ZEY Lodge is situated at 439 Predominant Road, Greenport. Go to for more information and a have a look at the rooms