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Oct 3, 2017 10:58 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Plans For Hampton Bays Diner Building Are Moving Forward

The Hampton Bays Diner.   PRESS FILE
Oct 4, 2017 9:39 AM

The new owner of the former Hampton Bays Diner property is working with Southampton Town officials in deciding what kind of business should open at the location, according to an attorney representing the landlord.

Joseph Vona, a lawyer representing Montauk 24 Realty LLC, the entity that purchased the diner property for $3.2 million in June, said this week that he and his client recently met with town officials—including Town Councilman Stan Glinka, Town Planner Kyle Collins and Assistant Town Planning Director Janice Scherer—outside the shuttered building on West Montauk Highway to discuss potential options.

“We’re looking to move fast on it,” said Mr. Vona, who declined to identify the new owner of the property, though he said he also attended last month’s outdoor meeting. “As fast as anyone else can move.”

Mr. Vona, who lives in Garden City and summers in Hampton Bays, dismissed several rumors that had been circulating in the community regarding the new owner, including one suggesting that brothers Peyton and Eli Manning—the latter is the quarterback for the New York Giants and recently bought a summer home on Dune Road in Quogue for $8.5 million—had acquired the property and intended on opening a sports bar.

Additionally, Mr. Vona said that widespread speculation that a CVS Pharmacy would eventually open on the property are also unfounded. “We haven’t spoken to CVS or anyone else at the point,” he said.

He noted that, as of earlier this week, no tenants have been picked for the building. Mr. Vona said he is evaluating all options, noting that he has already hired John David Rose Architect of Southampton to help figure out what can be done with the building.

Mr. Glinka, meanwhile, said he stressed during last month’s meeting outside the closed diner that, ideally, a new restaurant would open at the site. “That’s what Hampton Bays wants,” said Mr. Glinka, who also lives in the hamlet.

He also noted that the new owner—whom Mr. Glinka also refused to identify—is on board with his suggestion. “He was very receptive to that,” he said, referring to the owner.

In the coming weeks, Mr. Vona said he plans to meet with the town and his architect, and complete a site analysis to see what the best use for the lot would be. “We’ll see where they can go from there,” Mr. Vona said.

The Hampton Bays Diner abruptly closed in July 2015 after its longtime owners, Frank and Maria Vlahadamis of Hampton Bays, filed for bankruptcy. The couple was ordered by a bankruptcy judge to sell the diner after accumulating some $1.3 million in debt, according to court documents.

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Can't we have a really good diner? That's what we need. Really need. There isn't a decent place for an old-fashioned bacon and eggs breakfast in the hamlet. PLEASE!!!!
By baywoman (165), southampton on Oct 3, 17 12:29 PM
Yes I agree our hamlet needs a diner! This is a land
By apple (1), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 17 1:17 PM
What the new owners do not realize is that "fast" for the town is 3 years. Plus, any kind of work will require costly upgrades to septic and building to meet current codes. Should open by Spring of 2021. By then, the old Friendlys may be knocked down or a soup kitchen. Hard for restaurants to make the nut in the winter. Good luck to them. Hate to be pessimistic but if the Town Board really know what they were doing, Hampton Bays wouldn't be what it is today.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Oct 3, 17 1:28 PM
We need a good CLEAN market! Like a Schmidt’s or Citarellas with a full salad bar, daily soups, meats, gourmet coffees, and a lunch seating area. There’s no quick lunch spots other than the chain restaurant in town. With all the Town offices opening in the hamlet, I bet those town employees will want a healthy and quick lunch option.
By EastEnded (2), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 17 2:39 PM
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We had a Schmidt's years ago in HB. They left.
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 17 3:24 PM
Have you tried Wild By Nature in Hampton Bays?
By baywoman (165), southampton on Oct 9, 17 4:30 PM
I'm picturing lots of poles and mirrors.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Oct 3, 17 2:51 PM
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Isn't KK clean and have lunches?
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 3, 17 4:45 PM
Thanks Mr Ross for your insightful comment.I heard on the grapevine that a massage parlor was a permitted use did we have one in the past.just saying

By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Oct 3, 17 5:29 PM
We had a Diner...it failed. We don't have a place for lunch... what about Buckley's, Francescas, Scotto's, Gators....umm here's your chance. GO Have lunch! Be a patron! !before you're back and saying why don't they have a nice restaurant there...
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 17 9:39 PM
oh pleassssse the dinner did not fail the owner failed !
By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on Oct 7, 17 6:06 PM
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What supported the diner was the nightlife and tourist crowd. Through the years, the Town has done all it could to kill the tourist economy. The aging residency of Hampton Bays does not support the economy. For a Friendly's to go out, that tells all. A generic change in culture to what Hampton Bays could be would help business thrive. But that is not going to happen. Instead, HB has welfare hotels, no retail establishments other than Macy's which is probably on its last legs, and a population ...more
By The Real World (368), southampton on Oct 4, 17 8:20 AM
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I wish this new owner all the best and thank them for believing in the future of Hampton Bays. I hope the Town officials and the vocal anti-business voting block doesn't screw it up. Many of the vocal minority in HB don't seem to want to understand basic economic principles. They call for a diner, but how many shop on Main Street now? I remember an HBCA meeting that people were looking forward to walking through GGP with an ice cream cone with the prospect of a new ice cream stand like the old ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 4, 17 8:42 AM
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Hampton Bays needs to wake the * up and realize all the $ is going to Patchogue for a reason !
By Ditch Bum (929), Water Mill on Oct 7, 17 6:09 PM
What's the reason?
By baywoman (165), southampton on Oct 9, 17 4:33 PM
Not to mention, if something goes in there and is successful (God forbid) there will be complaints of traffic and that it is too busy for the area. You just can't make up the mentality of SOME of the residents of HB.
By The Real World (368), southampton on Oct 4, 17 2:25 PM
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Hopefully it can be turned into something really ugly like the transformation of the Coast Guard Station. That hideous steel tower that is completely useless and the new white plastic boxes going up -- yes we really know how to make a town unattractive. Port a potty right in front to begin with would good start.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Oct 4, 17 6:46 PM
By HB2NYC (6), Manhattan on Oct 4, 17 10:37 PM
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Ragging on the Coast Guard? Idiotic comment
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 5, 17 3:55 AM
I heard Eli and Peyton manning bought it. Maybe a sports bar possibly. Grape Vine of course!
By Peconic Fisherman (2), Southampton on Oct 5, 17 12:32 PM
Yeah that Coast Guard Station really gives us a great bang doe our tax dollars. A huge steel tower for "distressed" boaters that was obsolete before it was built for $4 million since everyone has a cell or satellite phone and big white boxes for what exactly. Start questioning your idiotic government before you knee jerk comment.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Oct 5, 17 12:51 PM
Another idiotic comment dfree: While the CG does perform rescue missions for vessels in distress , they are also part of the Armed Forces and as such have a role in protecting our nation.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 12, 17 6:14 AM
A diner or luncheonette similar to Sip n Soda in Southampton would be perfect!
By C-Hill (5), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 17 4:06 PM
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Trader Joe's!
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 5, 17 4:45 PM
and there it is the expected Trad errr JOES we need a Trader Joesssss so sick of hearing it !
Oct 7, 17 8:03 PM appended by They call me
Lets ask a serious qestion for a sec. What the flip is so great about Trader Joes that you people have spent the last 10 years on this blog vomiting about it ? Get in your little silly looking volvos and drive to locust grove like i have to when i want to go to best buy or the mall.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 7, 17 8:03 PM
A cry for help, people.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 10, 17 6:28 PM
Hooters .....
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Oct 7, 17 10:43 AM
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We have far too many eating establishments in HB.May I suggest a moratorium of 1 year on all diners and chain restaurants from opening on Main St After much study and in depth conversations at my local watering hole I have come to the conclusion that most of the people clammering for a diner are the ones when the first snow flakes fall they are off down south to get early bird and two for one specials leaving the diner owners to keep the lights on till they flock back.I am taking this strong stand ...more
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Oct 10, 17 5:40 PM
Way to support free enterprise, capitalism and the American way watchdog! more government intervention ! wow... just wow i have know words. Where did you grow up Beijing ?
Oct 10, 17 10:10 PM appended by joe hampton
Way to support free enterprise, capitalism and the American way watchdog! more government intervention ! wow... just wow i have no words. Where did you grow up Beijing ? Well maybe one word but the press wont let me say it I'm sure.
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Oct 10, 17 10:10 PM
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To cover the rent, payroll, fuel, and property taxes, you'd probably have to sell a $25 one egg omelette. Plain. OJ, bacon, and toast extra.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 10, 17 10:17 PM
Sometimes fast nickles are better than slow quarters... Besides it's not up to you unless your throwing your hat in the ring ?
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Oct 10, 17 10:29 PM
Joe you have to admit there is something wrong when pancake cottage,diner and friendlys closed down not to mention the list of other restaurants that have gone out of business.to repeat the same pattern of building use over and over is that the American way? I don't think so.Oh I can track my roots to the Mayflower how about you BRO.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Oct 11, 17 8:32 AM
I know you will deny it watchdawg but I would bet $ you own a restaurant, deli or pizza place in town
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 11, 17 2:34 PM
joe reminds me of Willy Loman. Unable to understand the world has been changed by time, gone on and changed remarkably without him.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 11, 17 8:30 PM
So have to ask Biff... what about my last two comments whould promt that remark ? Like Bill Oliver many dont hold your opinions in such high regard.
Oct 12, 17 12:34 AM appended by joe hampton
but really i have to know what would bring that remark on Mr Biff
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Oct 12, 17 12:34 AM
I will concede that the pancake cottage may have went down due to the lack of share houses and clubs. But there was room for the dinner to flourish if the owner was not mainly concerned about getting .... well you know. as for friendly I think Erin nailed it pretty well when she said...

"to me it is the fact that they were catering to the cheep crowd, the rent was to high for the menu. just look at the success of cow fish ,rumba and edgewater! friendlys prices were to low for the rent they ...more
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Oct 13, 17 8:29 PM
Heres what the town wants. The land so they can make 24 go thru to the train station. The town will stonewall every possible submission for the site until the owner sells the land to the town for their long wanted road project.

If you want the perfect thing for the site. A gas station and convenience store
By smannoia (3), Hampton bays on Oct 11, 17 10:05 AM
Everyone here has come up with some fantastic suggestions! Unfortunately, no dining establishment would be successful as everyone who has been in HB has folded. It has nothing to do with the type of food being served. It has to do with the safety of the area and it has to do with the cost of dining and the relation of high rents and taxes. Do you really think that anyone will come to HB just to be the next fatality on the list? There is clearly only ONE successful solution of what to put at ...more
By DisgustedHamptons (58), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 12:06 AM
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By P. Revere (152), hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 10:28 PM
Eli Manning Steakhouse.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Oct 26, 17 9:20 AM