The restaurateur B. Smith was already less of a presence in Sag Harbor since closing her restaurant on the village’s Long Wharf several years ago, and she and her husband, Dan Gasby, may soon not be a presence at all if their house sells. Via the Corcoran Group, the couple have listed it for $8.5 million. They had first purchased the property in 1993, only months after they were married. That ceremony took place at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, two blocks from the B. Smith restaurant on West 47th Street and Eighth Avenue.
The couple, who will celebrate their 25th anniversary in December, first met at the Manhattan eatery two years before exchanging vows. Ms. Smith was already well known for being a former model and an emerging entrepreneur. Mr. Gasby’s career had included documentary filmmaking and when introduced to Ms. Smith he was senior vice president of television marketing for Camelot Entertainment. He began spending more evenings at the restaurant. About the December 23, 1992, ceremony at St. Luke’s, The New York Times observed, “Before the ceremony, one tall, gorgeous guest after another filed it; it was as if there had been an exodus from the Ford Models agency.” One guest told the reporter, Lois Smith Brady, “I’ve never been to a wedding that made me feel so short.”
Unfortunately, in recent years the couple has been in the news because of Ms. Smith’s struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. They chronicled that journey in the book titled, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance In Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s,” published a year ago by Harmony Books. It was co-written with fellow Sag Harbor resident and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson. Putting the house on the market could indicate that Ms. Smith and Mr. Gasby are no longer able to spend time in the village.
On the .78-acre property on the East Hampton side of Sag Harbor is a 4,000-square-foot house with a stucco exterior offering 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Amenities include an open-floor-plan living room with fireplace, windowed dining area with water views, plenty of mahogany decking, and a separate pavilion in the backyard. There are also a two-car garage, garden, and a dog run. Especially appealing is 100 feet of private beach on Sag Harbor Bay and a glimpse of the Cedar Point Lighthouse.
Ms. Smith was known to do shoots for her lifestyle TV show at the Sag Harbor manse, and it’s been reported that among the celebrity guests entertained there were Danny Glover and Aretha Franklin.