Little Fish restaurant opens in Southold at Kenney’s Beach

Little Fish at Southold. (Credit: Lee Meyer)

Little Fish, the new restaurant from the owners of Montauk’s beloved 668 The Gig Shack, has opened in Southold.

The restaurant, which overlooks the Long Island Sound at Kenney’s Beach, is in the completely renovated space that once occupied Elbow East. A shiny new coat of paint – both inside and out – appears with bright colors, the exterior accented with green trim and the interior awash in blues and yellows, greens and roses, all inspired by Kenney’s beautiful sunsets. It’s light and airy and full of potential.

“It’s a family affair, just like our Montauk restaurant,” said owner Arden Gardell, who developed the restaurant with his mother, Tracey. The Gardells are taking a gradual and steady approach to Little Fish, opting for a soft off-season launch so they can get their bearings, prepare and get to know the community.

Little Fish is an adaptation of the Gig Shack concept: eclectic, coastal seafood. The menu is still in development and will contain a mix of Montauk Restaurant favorites like fish tacos, as well as new creations and colorful and flavorful cocktails.

“It will be accessible, recognizable yet inspired coastal cuisine,” Gardell said. “It will be an amalgamation of fresh, delicious dishes that are tied to a sense of place and environment.”

“And it’s going to be fun!” her mother, Tracey added.

Joining the Gardells is chef Ryan Barth-Dwyer, who is no stranger to North Fork restaurants. Earlier this year, Barth-Dwyer was the head chef at the new Gallery Cafe and reinvented Kontiki in Greenport.

Ryan Barth-Dwyer (left) with Arden Gardell at Little Fish. (Credit: Lee Meyer)

“It’s a transition,” Barth-Dwyer said of his time at Little Fish. Barth-Dwyer will slowly introduce some of its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to the menu.

The soft opening means many details are still being ironed out, but the Gardells hope the next few months will be an opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t, and more importantly, to get to know their customers.

“We want the community to know that we are really opening this restaurant for them,” Tracey said.

Check out Little Fish (50 North Sea Drive, Southold) on Instagram for hours and updates.

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