Mary Schoenlein believes bigger is not always better—except when it comes to following her passion. The owner and executive chef of Amagansett mainstay Mary’s Marvelous just opened a new branch in East Hampton that she says will give her much needed room to grow. (At 2,000 square feet, it’s nearly double the size of its sister space.) “I felt the business had a lot more potential and was curious about taking the next step,” she says. “Having a second location is one way to do that.”
A veteran of top New York City restaurants, Schoenlein opened her original store in 2002 offering fresh, innovative food packaged to go. Her breakfast and lunch menu soon became a Hamptons’ favorite, where regulars can look forward to delicate infusions of Indian, Asian and Latin flavors.
Mary’s Marvelous East Hampton, located in the former space of local egg-sandwich favorite Bucket’s Deli, will offer all her signature dishes, including her steel-cut oatmeal and Colombian eggs, plus a new sandwich menu, a larger salad menu and “a new smoothie menu, which we are very excited about,” says Schoenlein. She adds that there are two distinct rooms to the new space. One will primarily feature food prepared to order: smoothies, coffee, egg sandwiches and sandwiches. The other room will have her ready-to-go selections along with her new ice cream line plus popular spiced nuts, cookies, gift boxes and T-shirts.
Maintaining quality is key, says Schoenlein, who will be busy running back and forth between locations. And while some of her existing customers might opt for the new address, she sees a synergy between the two stores, with the East Hampton shop taking some of the “heat” off Amagansett in busy months, even as it fills a year-round, grab-and-go void for those who live and work in East Hampton village. “I think I sell good, simple food made well,” says Schoenlein. “There are not a lot of options for breakfast and lunch in East Hampton, so I hope to become one.”
Mary’s Marvelous is located at 105 and 107 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, and 207 Main Street in Amagansett. For more information visit marysmarvelous.com.