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Aug 14, 2012 6:56 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Crowd Turns Out Before East Hampton Board To Support Sloppy Tuna

Aug 14, 2012 7:07 PM

A standing-room-only crowd of Sloppy Tuna supporters defended the popular Montauk nightspot at an East Hampton Town work session on 
Tuesday.

The bar, on South Emerson Avenue, is in hot water with the town’s Ordinance Enforcement Department, and has been cited for noise and overcrowding, according to its owner, Drew Doscher. Town officials are also trying to obtain a temporary restraining order in court against the business, said Mr. Doscher.

Councilwoman Sylvia Overby confirmed that was the case, and that the town was looking to obtain the order because of potential fire safety issues at the business.

Mr. Doscher said he’d commit to installing a fire suppression system at the business. 
“I’ll do whatever the law says,” he said.

Meanwhile, some residents at the meeting said they were upset by the business’s loud music. Originally the Town Board was going to hold a public hearing on the business’s music permit because of noise summonses. But town officials discovered that the business doesn’t have a music permit

“The noise is really, really intrusive,” said Mike Tanur, a Montauk resident who lives near Sloppy Tuna.

Mr. Doscher said he was told he didn’t need a fire suppression system earlier in the summer. He also said the business has been renovated to be a safer building. The Sloppy 
Tuna was opened last year, replacing Nick’s, which used 
to be a restaurant and bar at the site.

The discussion about Sloppy Tuna sparked a larger discussion about the increasing popularity of some Montauk nightspots, and the friction they 
have created among residents. Frans Preidel, another neighbor of the Sloppy Tuna, 
said the town needs to 
reevaluate its penalties for when businesses violate the town code. Many establishments just view the code violations and fines that come with them as the cost of doing business, he said.

“Why can’t it be a ‘three strikes you’re out’ rule for the season?” he said.

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Dudes, give the guy a break...After the nightmare of the last few years of closures in the restaurant and bar industries in the region we should be glad that there are entrepreneurs coming in and taking a risk. Can't we just get along?
By V.Tomanoku (775), southampton on Aug 14, 12 7:35 PM
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Let the "locals" be...
By Mr. Z (11485), North Sea on Aug 14, 12 7:52 PM
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Enjoy the summer
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 14, 12 8:00 PM
Yea, we need to bring Montauk back to its heritage and roots by turning back the clocks and make it a small fishing town with a big drinking problem again.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Aug 14, 12 8:26 PM
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You mean a drinking village with a fishing problem lol !!!
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Aug 14, 12 11:27 PM
This dump is a horrific joke and represents the absolute worst of the "new" (Jersey Shore) Montauk.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Aug 14, 12 10:31 PM
go to town's website and the LTV tape on this .... interesting.
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Aug 14, 12 11:18 PM
consideration of others is still the best way to do business, in any case/age/place.
when consideration of others takes precident, all win.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Aug 15, 12 5:05 AM
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How can these places open at all without the proper permits, and continue to operate? Apparently the fines are not an issue for the owners, kind of like "It's all about me, and I will do as I please"...
By lhasabon (8), Wading River on Aug 15, 12 6:57 AM
Agree to a certain extent Nellie, but the fact is people know where they are buying property... and then complain there's a business there! The Town lost the suite to get a temporary injunction to shut down the Tuna yesterday in Supreme Court - what does that tell you ... ? Why is the Town bending over backwards for people who bought property next to a business?!? Not only did it cost the business $ to defend - it cost the taxpayers $ to bring it. Sorry lhasabon ... you have no idea whether ...more
By Board Watcher (532), East Hampton on Aug 15, 12 10:41 AM
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I guess you havn't had the misfortune to walk past this place on a Saturday afternoon as you and your family are leaving the beach. It is right out of the Snookie play book. Fist pumping-falling down-drunkeness, en masse. Thats not even bothering with the noise/music volume issue.
Yes I miss the old days (3 years ago). And I appreciate more than ever those afternoons on the upstairs deck at Nicks, when the only noise was the seagulls and waves.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Aug 15, 12 12:51 PM
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By ICE (1214), Southampton on Aug 15, 12 1:54 PM
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By AndersEn (169), Southampton on Aug 15, 12 2:04 PM
This place..whatever its name..Sunrise,Mimosa etc etc has always been a party..And a pretty good time was had by all..locals and "sum-a timers"..together and for the most part peacefully. Montauk has changed..the crowds are more upscale. I think its time for a bar/restaurant alliance so that it can all be brought to the table to keep Montauk the best it can be. We unfortunately can't hold back change and progress but perhaps everyone can sit and discuss what it is that they want to help to keep ...more
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Aug 15, 12 8:32 PM
Best thing for the Town liability wise. the Town issues the violations for fire suppression violations, they seek a compliance order and lose, the judge removes liability from the Town, and the business continues to operate with the big crowds. Not necessarily the best thing for the patrons, but heck if there is a fire hopefully all the customers will make it out without trampling anyone or anyone getting trapped. The business has fire monitors to handle the situation.
By Yesouthh (21), water mill on Aug 16, 12 11:56 PM
Those fire monitors are people that I guess will give direction to those exiting the burning building. But there hasn't been such a fire in quite a while so we should be OK. Par - teeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Yesouthh (21), water mill on Aug 16, 12 11:58 PM
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