Shippy’s was founded in 1954 by William Casgrain, a former United States Marine and beloved bartender at the famous Toots Shor bar in New York City. At Toots Shor, he established a list of impressive clientele, including Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio, among others. In 1954 he settled out east to open Shippy’s.
In Southampton, he succeeded in creating a lively hangout that hosted many celebrities, artists, and East-end locals. From Jackie Gleason to Garry Cooper Shippy’s cemented itself as the place to be.