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Apr 5, 2016 9:23 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Publick House To Close, Relocate Soon

The Southampton Publick House on Bowden Square in Southampton Village. ALYSSA MELILLO
Apr 6, 2016 9:47 AM

The Southampton Publick House will soon be closing its doors at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton Village, and will reopen at another nearby location—although where remains a mystery.On Tuesday, Publick House owner Don Sullivan said the award-winning microbrewery will close and relocate “as soon as possible,” though he declined to offer a more specific timeline. He said the new site will include an expansion of the brewery operation, but added that he could not offer any more information, including where the new location would be, until details are finalized.

“Our goal is to maintain the Publick House in a new location, and our goal is to expand into a full brewery operation, somewhere within Southampton Town, in the near future,” Mr. Sullivan said. He added that the move will be “very soon—shortly,” but said, “I don’t have a specific date.”

The decades-old building was sold in October to the Woodbury-based DiNoto Group. At the time, Mr. Sullivan said he had considered buying the property himself, but that the asking price was “unrealistic” for him. He had explained that if he could not work out a long-term lease with the new owner, he would be willing to move the business elsewhere.

In an interview with The Press in November, Mr. Sullivan said he was close to deciding between two properties not far from Bowden Square, both within or near Southampton Village, but he wouldn’t identify either. He noted that, wherever he does end up relocating the Publick House, he would like it to include up to 15,000 square feet of space to allow an expansion of the microbrewery to brew more draft beer in-house, which then would be sold commercially throughout the region.

On Tuesday, Mr. Sullivan said he did not know for sure what is in store for the Bowden Square property. “The building was sold just a few short months ago, and I believe they’re looking to have a restaurant operation, but that’s not my place to say,” he said.

Plans currently on file with the Southampton Village Building Department indicate that a company called Bowden Square LLC is seeking a permit to paint the building’s exterior a light gray with white trim. According to a letter included in the application’s folder, Bowden Square LLC, as of March 25, was negotiating a lease with the property’s owner, now named PMA Southampton LLC.

Bowden Square LLC is represented on the application by Ian Duke, co-owner of the Southampton Social Club. Mr. Duke did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, but over the last few weeks has declined to comment on community speculation that he would be next to occupy the Bowden Square space, saying, “Rumors are rumors and often very little more.”

The Southampton Publick House opened in 1996 and has since become popular for food, drinks and brewing beer. According to its website, it is one of the most award-winning small breweries in the country, holding several different honors including top brewpub in 2003 from Beer Advocate magazine. The brewpub began distributing beer throughout the rest of Long Island and New York City in 1998, and then went national in 2005.

Before it was the Publick House, it had been Herb McCarthy’s restaurant since the 1930s, and, prior to that, the Hampton Inn, which served as a famous speakeasy during the Prohibition era. It continued under several other names after Herb McCarthy’s—Bowden Square and Sfuzzi among them—until Mr. Sullivan and his two brothers, Jim and Kevin, established the Publick House.

The Publick House will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in June.

“That’s a pretty good run,” Mr. Sullivan said. “Now we can go 20 years somewhere else. We will make an announcement as soon as possible.”

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Word is the Driver's Seat location. Should be interesting foot traffic on Job's Lane.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 9:29 AM
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Where would an expansion of the brewery fit at the Driver's Seat?
By nytractor (15), hampton bays on Apr 5, 16 9:45 AM
there wont be. itll be at a seperate location
By ChristianPrag (1), on Apr 7, 16 8:23 PM
Limited parking
By Resident tax (186), Hampton bays ny on Apr 8, 16 11:52 PM
ride a bike.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Apr 9, 16 6:07 AM
Old rogers memorial library i think would still be a pretty cool idea
By BeachBum545454 (9), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 9:56 AM
Driver's Seat is about half the size of the Publick House. Tide Runners would be perfect. OH wait. ATH destroyed that possibility...
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 16 10:03 AM
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Jitney building on 39a? Plenty of room for brewery, pub, restaurant and parking. Need SHT permisssion for change of use maybe, although technically isn't there a restaurant already present? The brewery might have to go to an industrial area, but wait, is all the beer brewed at the current location, or are there batches brewed elsewhere?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 10:19 AM
Everything they serve on tap in the restaurant is brewed on site I believe. All the bottles in six-packs are brewed upstate or possibly at Pabst brewery. I forget which.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 6, 16 8:49 AM
Jitney building is an interesting idea. I know the Jitney has a new building else where so I'm sure they don't need as much space on CR 39.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Apr 5, 16 10:36 AM
Ha, just what we need for County Rd 39.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 16 1:14 PM
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Restaurant and bar moves to Driver's Seat location; brewery to the Enterprise Zone at Gabreski. That's my guess...
By Capt. Phil (64), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 1:57 PM
Drivers seat is too small.

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 2:40 PM
Jitney building is a bad location. The stop is still pretty active and there are still many buses stored there. The parking lot at that location is always full from other businesses there already and I suppose people who park for the week or overnight from trips to NYC. As a gym user, I think adding the Publick House there would be a nightmare.

The problem with the old Library, old Parrish, or Driver's Seat also come down to a parking problem as well. A lot of municipal parking spots would ...more
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 4:43 PM
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Hey Don, wherever it is...I'll be there!
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Apr 5, 16 5:28 PM
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the old car dealership on flying pt road and mtk hwy
By BrianWilliams (87), on Apr 5, 16 5:54 PM
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This would be my vote but probably won't happen.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 6, 16 8:49 AM
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By They call me (2826), southampton on Apr 5, 16 6:10 PM
I'll go on record as predicting the retail operation will, indeed, take over the Driver's Seat and the brewery operation will probably end up in Brookhaven Town or even farther west.

But i do like Phil's suggestion for Gabreski, just don't see the rent being affordable.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Apr 5, 16 7:33 PM
What about Seasons?
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Apr 5, 16 9:04 PM
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Well, 230 Elm street would be a great space if that were available. I'm not sure how well that place is making out. It seems to struggle to keep itself busy year round. I don't know I don't ever go. There is plenty of parking and would add to that little dinning entertainment Mecca there with the other two restaurants. Furthermore, its not across the street from a school like Season's is.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 12:20 AM
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I didn't realize the Jitney building was used by other businesses. I forgot about the gym though.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Apr 5, 16 9:09 PM
If they want a new building and a deal could be worked out, what about the site of the old Long Island Auto Museum?
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Apr 5, 16 11:05 PM
Anything that will bring more traffic onto 39 is just a bad idea!! Old Auto museum, old car dealership, and old Jitney building will all bring more traffic to an already very dangerous road. Maybe Joe Farell can help find a good location !!! Hate to say it but not much room left around here.No matter where its relocated to ...the complainst will roll in and get shut down like everything else around here.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Apr 6, 16 7:29 AM
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kinda like your complaints?
By BrianWilliams (87), on Apr 6, 16 11:05 PM
I hope they stay within Southampton Village, nightlife will be non existent and the locals will not have a nice affordable place go...........
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Apr 6, 16 7:45 AM
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Vacant building between Diner and Pier 1. Your welcome.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Apr 6, 16 9:13 AM
Seasons, my bet...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 1:10 PM
The obvious choice is the DINER Hampton Bays........I got this scoop on very good authority..
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 6:16 PM
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I'll through my two cents in...the old post office on Nugent St. Would have to make it "wet" use though... Either way, good luck Don!
By pvalk6 (32), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 7:09 PM
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Woops - throw
By pvalk6 (32), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 7:09 PM
Amazing how many property options are available when you think about it.
By niblicksreach (14), Southampton on Apr 7, 16 2:02 PM
Absolutely. The problem is the lack of the sewer system that is needed in order for the buildings to get the changes in usage that are desperately needed in order to vary from the typical pop-up retail.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 11, 16 1:46 PM
Yes - niblicksreach - the Village is full of empty places - my reason for opposing a shopping mall on Tuckahoe - let them put a new grocery store at one of these empty rundown locations - like the one near Shippy's and Rotations that has been unoccupied since the early 1990's - Anyway = Wouldn't that building East of the Train Station be a good place? I also think the Old Post Office is a prime location. Or the one next to B & H Motors that Yawnee left....all guesses. Anyway - looking forward ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 7, 16 6:35 PM
The grocery store problem is still a problem. Stop and Stop is, as somebody once described shopping in the Southampton Waldbaum's, like shopping in the ghetto. Don't buy supermarket meat, so can't comment about that, but produce dept. is especially pathetic--except for bananas, expensive and most of the stuff wilted and displays a mess. And if you really want a turn-off, check out the bottoms of the refrigerated cases and see they've never been cleaned. Anyway, a bit off-topic, but hope a groundswell ...more
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 13, 16 12:43 PM
Yes, June Bug - IGA had the cheapest, best and sometimes local produce - (where CVS is now located) - Gristedes had overpriced stuff & delivered mainly to the Estate section (rarely saw people shopping there) (now Rite Aide is there). Where we had a perfectly decent A&P (formerly Bohacks) that became Waldbaum's - and their quality had fallen off through the years - and their produce and meat was pretty overpriced & not great quality. Now there is Stop & Shop - and they do not even know the needs ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 1:16 PM
Bohacks was where CVS was.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 8:54 PM