UPDATE: 3:16 P.M.

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Mar 30, 2016 12:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Operator Of The Sloppy Tuna In Montauk Says It Will Open This Summer

The Sloppy Tuna still had crowds early last fall. LAURA WEIR
Mar 31, 2016 7:44 AM

UPDATE: 3:16 P.M.

The operator of The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk says it will reopen this summer on schedule. The fate of the popular restaurant/bar was in doubt following a statement by owner Drew Doscher on Tuesday night stating that it would not reopen again, at least not in the same location, after a New York State Supreme Court ruling forced the owners to relinquish their control of the restaurant and bar and place it into temporary receivership.

Drew Doscher, who owns 50 percent of The Sloppy Tuna, known as 148 South Emerson Associates, LLC, said the bar would reopen somewhere else and an announcement on where would be coming soon.

“The Sloppy Tuna as you and we know it will unfortunately not be opening at the same location in Montauk this summer …,” Mr. Doscher posted on the Sloppy Tuna’s Facebook page on Tuesday night. “It is with my deepest sorrow that so many employees and tourists from all over the world will never enjoy the true Sloppy Tuna Montauk again.”

Charles Russo, a Hauppauge attorney, is currently the court appointed temporary receiver of the bar and will remain so, unless The Sloppy Tuna’s owners can show cause in a Riverhead court on April 6 as to why the order of receivership should not be continued, according to court documents dated March 16.

Mr. Russo said the restaurant/bar will reopen this summer as The Sloppy Tuna. On Wednesday, he called Mr. Doscher’s claims “completely erroneous.”

“It’s our full intention to open on time and conduct business as usual,” Mr. Russo said.

The court order states that Mr. Doscher would have to “immediately surrender control over and access to the daily operations and financial management of 148 South Emerson Associates, LLC to the temporary receiver … including but not limited to any/all keys to the premises, financial books and records, all usernames, passwords and account numbers connected to any/all bank accounts associated with the company … all tax records … employment agreements … and any other documents requested …”

Michael Meyer, the co-owner of the business, has been embroiled in a lawsuit with Mr. Doscher. Mr. Meyer and Mr. Doscher own the property along with Michael Meagher and Stephen Smith.

Mr. Russo said he would only be running the company and would not profit from it. He said the LLC would still profit from the business and rent would continue to be paid on the land.

Mr. Doscher on Wednesday said he would not comment on the issue beyond his Facebook post.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12:43 P.M.

The Sloppy Tuna faces an uncertain future after a New York State Supreme Court ruling could force its owners to relinquish their control of the popular Montauk restaurant and bar and place it into temporary receivership.

However, according to The Sloppy Tuna’s co-owner Drew Doscher of 148 South Emerson Associates, LLC, the bar will not open again this summer, at least not at its current location.

“The Sloppy Tuna as you and we know it will unfortunately not be opening at the same location in Montauk this summer …,” Mr. Doscher posted on the Sloppy Tuna’s Facebook page on Tuesday night. “It is with my deepest sorrow that so many employees and tourists from all over the world will never enjoy the true Sloppy Tuna Montauk again.”

Charles Russo, a Hauppauge attorney, would be the court appointed temporary receiver of the bar, unless its owners can show cause in a Riverhead court on April 6 as to why an order of receivership should not be carried out, according to court documents dated March 16.

The court order states that Mr. Doscher would have to “immediately surrender control over and access to the daily operations and financial management of 148 South Emerson Associates, LLC to the temporary receiver … including but not limited to any/all keys to the premises, financial books and records, all usernames, passwords and account numbers connected to any/all bank accounts associated with the company … all tax records … employment agreements … and any other documents requested …”

Michael Meyer, a 50 percent partner in 148 South Emerson Associates, LLC, have been embroiled in a lawsuit with Mr. Doscher. Michael Meagher and Stephen Smith own the property along with Mr. Meyer and Mr. Doscher.

According Mr. Doscher’s Facebook post, it is not clear where, or if, the new location of The Sloppy Tuna would be in Montauk.

The popular bar/restaurant, like many others in Montauk over the past couple of years, has been the subject of criticism and has received citations for being packed with rowdy summer crowds.

On Monday, a warrant was issued by East Hampton Justice Court for the arrest of the bar’s head of security, Robert Anderson, for failure to appear in court to answer to multiple violations. He faces fines of up to $10,000 and possible jail time.

Mr. Doscher could not be reached for further comment on the issue of temporary receivership or a possible relocation of The Sloppy Tuna. Mr. Russo did not immediately return calls to his law office seeking comment.

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In reading his Facebook post and rant it seems like he wants a monument in the middle of the village in his name. Taking all the credit for the popularity of Montauk??. Go cry me a river.
The ocean and montauk were here before him and will be here long after he leaves.
By H2O (85), easthampton on Mar 30, 16 1:09 PM
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Nobody runs a sleazy seaside bar better than a tax attorney.. that's a fact jack!
They certainly understand Assets if you know what I mean. The crowds will be chanting Drew Who? by summer's end. Free drink with every 1040 filed!
By harbor (411), East Hampton on Mar 30, 16 4:24 PM
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By bigfresh (4589), north sea on Mar 30, 16 4:50 PM
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Plus It is not the Sloppy Tuna that brought the crowds, it is the location! So no matter where he puts it... It ain't gonna matter.
By DidiFrizell (1), on Mar 30, 16 4:55 PM
It's all irrelevant, the Montauk we all loved closed years ago. It's no longer the unhampton, full of people who came for the fish, the surf, the separation and the rustic scenery, and not the scene. Hipster paradise now
By louse pt. (143), springs on Mar 30, 16 5:52 PM
> "It's no longer the unhampton"

It never was -- that was a trademark of Sag Harbor in the mid-'70s.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Mar 30, 16 7:28 PM
Good riddance! This place is everything that's wrong with the hamptons. The Sloppy Tuna is only good for the Sloppy Tuna...
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Mar 30, 16 7:59 PM
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A more upscale establishment underscoring the location instead of the gstrings and booze, would be a much better fit. It would be a great location to have a nice lunch.
By North Sea Citizen (564), North Sea on Mar 31, 16 1:15 PM
Did you read what the owner said about the Montauk residents? He said Montauk can go back to be a boring town! Well many of us like what Montauk was before that garbage dump, Sloppy Tuna opened. They import all the trash from NYC and think they are keeping us going. Good Ridance and take all your hipster jerks with you! I hope a nice eating/drinking establishment opens there, not the zoo. Now if we can just deport the Manhattan element, we would be fine. JOIN MONTAUK UNITED!.
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Apr 4, 16 9:57 AM
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Well - Doscher is broken hearted for his employees. Are these the same employees who left garbage all over a beach in Montauk after their employee party and had to pay over $6,000 in fines for being such lazy drunken louts?As for crying in the beer for the poor "tourists from all over the world" who will miss out - how about a nice lobster roll lunch place and leave the noise pollution elsewhere? That would be a MUCH better representation of what Montauk means - not noise and inebriation - but ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 7, 16 5:13 PM
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