When the new discovery+ docuseries, “Serving the Hamptons,” debuts on Thursday, April 7, one of the cast members featured will be Jack Tavcar, a waiter at 75 Main — the hotspot Southampton eatery spotlighted in the show.
Tavcar, 24, spoke with Patch about what it was like to film the series in one of the most well-known restaurants and nightspots in the Hamptons.
Tavcar, the youngest of four, grew up in Queen Village. Before they died, his great-aunt and uncle lived in the Hamptons — his aunt lived in Hampton Bays and his uncle was a priest in Southampton, he said.
Before the pandemic, Tavcar, an aspiring actor, had been living in Los Angeles, working in restaurants. But with the advent of the coronavirus, Tavcar headed back to the East Coast, where his family had, like so many others, decided to weather the early part of the quarantine in Southampton.
When the restrictions began to ease, Tavcar was walking in Southampton, going to cash his check from his job at Stop & Shop, when he saw Zach Erdem, owner of 75 Main, sitting outside.
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“Zach is known as being one of the more influential people in the Hamptons. But when I first met him, I didn’t know who he was,” he said. “The only experience I had with the Hamptons was going out to dinner on Easter with my family. I had never been there for the party scene.”
Tavcar asked Erdem if he was the owner. “Then I asked, ‘Are you hiring?'” He asked if I had experience and I told him I’d worked at a restaurant in Los Angeles. “He said, ‘Cool, you’re hired,'” Tavcar said.
Unbeknownst to Erdem, Tavcar had never worked as a server, just as a runner, so at first, Tavcar said: “He was upset. But I grew on him.”
Erdem, Tavcar said, “is a great, great restaurant owner.” And, he said, while he’s strict and demands excellence from his staff, he “very forgiving. If you mess up, you can talk to him.”
The series spotlights all the drama and excitement of working at one of the most popular eateries in the Hamptons during the bustling summer season.
“Each summer on the East End of Long Island, as the Hamptons play home to those looking for an escape from the city, 75 Main Restaurant becomes the epicenter of who’s who,” a release from discovery+ said. “As the seasonal temperatures rise, so does the drama on the new discovery+ docuseries, Serving the Hamptons.”