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Shuttered Southampton spoon set for 2013 reopening

Shuttered Southampton spoon set for 2013 reopening

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Murdoch Perk is great place to start lazy morning

Murdoch Perk.

Good news for runners who enjoy the popular "Macklind Avenue Mile" every June ...

The Murdoch Perk, a popular Southampton neighborhood cafe that closed unexpectedly last month, should be back open for business by the first of 2013, which means it will be running at top form for the June race sponsored by Big River Running.

Russell and Emily Ping, owners of Russell's Cafe & Bakery in Fenton and residents of SoHa (hip Southside hood lingo for Southampton) have bought the bricks at the corner of Macklind and Murdoch and are now in the process of getting needed inspections.

"We just got done signing the contracts. We hadn't planned on expanding our (Fenton) business so fast, but this was such a great opportunity," Russell Ping said. "We still have things to take care of, but we're certainly aiming to be open by January."

The cafe was opened in 2006 by brother-and-sister owners Ed Gartner and Stephanie Seemiller, in a space that formerly housed a dry cleaners.

Unlike the old Perk, Ping plans to get a beer-and-wine license so he can offer locally grown vinos. He also plans to be open for early evening/happy hour business. "Of course, we'll be open for breakfast and will be selling our baked items each morning," he said.

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