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Apr 12, 2016 10:11 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk’s Sloppy Tuna Owner Faces Contempt Charges

A co-owner of The Sloppy Tuna in Montauk is facing Contempt of Court. LAURA WEIR
Apr 12, 2016 3:03 PM

A co-owner of The Sloppy Tuna will fight possible contempt of court charges in a battle against a court-ordered takeover of the popular restaurant and bar in Montauk.

Drew Doscher is expected to respond to an order to show cause issued Wednesday, April 6, by Justice Jerry Garguilo in State Supreme Court, which states that Mr. Doscher violated a court order by interfering with the operation of The Sloppy Tuna.

Justice Garguilo ordered the appointment of a temporary receivership, or manager, of the bar in March following years of litigation in numerous cases between its two owners, Mr. Doscher and Michael Meyer.

Hauppauge attorney Charles Russo was appointed last year as a temporary intervener to oversee the business’s financial records. Then, on March 16, he was appointed to be the temporary receiver, meaning that he would manage the business while Mr. Doscher and Mr. Meyer retain ownership.

The request for a contempt of court order came after a March 30 post by Mr. Doscher on The Sloppy Tuna’s Facebook page was called into question for what Mr. Russo called misinformation and an attempt to interfere with his management of The Sloppy Tuna, in violation of the court order.

Mr. Doscher’s post stated that The Sloppy Tuna would close for good at its present location on South Emerson Avenue, but would reopen at another location yet to be determined. Mr. Russo said that despite Mr. Doscher’s Facebook claim, The Sloppy Tuna will reopen for business for the summer of 2016 at its current location.

Mr. Doscher is expected to appear in State Supreme Court with his attorney, Michael Devereaux of Manhattan, on May 4 to answer to the order to show cause by explaining why he should not be charged with contempt.

Mr. Devereaux, who has called the contempt order “totally frivolous and baseless,” has filed for an appeal and a stay of the receivership order. “It’s an outrage,” he fumed on Monday. “This court is out of control. The whole thing is outrageous.”

The attorney for Mr. Meyer, Michael Burrows, also of Manhattan, did not respond to a request for comment.

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You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order!
By whatapity (106), Tuckahoe on Apr 12, 16 1:46 PM
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Doscher, while typing on Facebook, initiated his plan to abandon fiscal responsibility, continue to be a scofflaw, avoid Court dates to answer any & all charges (incl. noise pollution & drunkenness outside the bar) & simply open somewhere else & leave these matters in his wake. Much like his employees disgusting beach mess after their season party, netting them $6000 in personal fines. Where in God's name are these people from? They do not value Montauk enough to be a part of the summer there. ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 11:54 AM
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What Doscher needs is tar and feathers
By Percy (7), Montauk on Apr 14, 16 11:01 PM
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