Everyone's favorite Shelter Island hip hotel, beachfront restaurant and low key ping pong destination has officially confirmed it will remain closed for summer 2020. Sadly, Sunset Beach is but the first in what is sure to be a wave of seasonal spots coming forward to announce their closure.
Following discussions about a partial opening - considering just offering takeout, or operating out of their food truck, or offering up their 20 hotel rooms as longer term rentals - they found the health threat too great.
Owner André Balazs spoke with the Shelter Island Gazette to announce the news, relaying, “It would be wonderful to have some sort of presence and maybe make some money. Because we rely on the public, we want to protect them, and keeping the spirit alive is not worth the risk. Sunset Beach cannot tolerate a gap year economically, but health trumps all,” Balazs said.
As unfortunate as this report may be, and as devastating as it surely will be for the establishment's workers, André's priorities are clearly in the right, responsible place.
[Photo via @sunsetbeachhotel]