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Jul 10, 2013 11:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Heads To Trial Against Owners Of Hampton Bays Diner

Jul 10, 2013 12:44 PM

The Southampton Town Board this week hired an attorney to handle the prosecution of town code violations against the owners of the Hampton Bays Diner, a trial that is scheduled to take place in Town Justice Court.

The trial was scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 11, though Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato said it might be postponed.

The town appointed Jeltje deJong, an attorney for Devitt Spellman Barrett, to represent the town at trial. She will be paid up to $3,000.

Ms. deJong was also the town’s special counsel in the trial of a federal lawsuit filed by the owners of the West Montauk Highway diner, Frank and Maria Vlahadamis, against the town and its police department. That suit alleges discrimination and harassment of them and their clientele.

That trial ended in a hung jury, according to Ms. Scarlato. A second trial is scheduled to commence in October. The Vlahadamises are seeking $55 million in damages in the suit, which was initially filed in 2008.

The lawsuit claims that Town Police unfairly targeted the diner, using “Gestapo-like” tactics, after its owners began holding a regular “Hispanic Night” promotion, with food and music aimed at drawing in Latino customers.

The town has issued the diner a violation for changing its use from a restaurant to a nightclub without permission, even though the town issued permits for the addition of a bar area at the rear of the restaurant in 2005.

In 2009, a man was stabbed to death outside the diner after an early morning fight.

The Vlahadamises have owned the diner for more than 30 years.

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Close that cesspool down once and for all and jail it's criminal owners.
By fuou812 (59), Oakdale on Jul 10, 13 6:20 PM
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Maybe Rumbas will be next to comply with the codes it breaks. How about it Anna?
By bobypines (7), southampton on Jul 10, 13 7:55 PM
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55 million dollars?

Are they [expletive deleted] insane?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 11, 13 9:19 AM
yes?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 13 9:42 AM
Their son is their lawyer.
By fuou812 (59), Oakdale on Jul 11, 13 10:18 AM
He is a foul man. Food is lousy in that place. He probably has all the illegals living in the back. How about all the problems with DREAM on Canal Road. I understand he is the owner of that dump. The drugs flow like water there.
By LongIslander 22 (6), hampton bays on Jul 11, 13 1:12 PM
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Went there once. Sat night and place was empty. Food was bad. Waitress had such an attitude I thought I was in Mel's Diner
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 12, 13 6:30 AM
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I had to go to the ER after eating there,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,never again,we do have choices.
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Jul 12, 13 10:15 AM
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