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Oct 27, 2015 10:12 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Publick House Property Sold; Business Will Remain Under Same Ownership

The Southampton Publick House on Bowden Square in Southampton. ALYSSA MELILLO
Oct 29, 2015 3:32 PM

The property at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton Village, home to the Southampton Publick House, has been sold.

Publick House owner Don Sullivan said on Tuesday that his former landlord, Garden City-based Pascal Associates Inc., sold the property to Bridgehampton Equities earlier this month, and that he is now negotiating a new lease with that company.

Mr. Sullivan said he did not know what Bridgehampton Equities may have in mind for property, but founder Jason Zimmerman explained Wednesday that the firm had actually purchased the site on behalf of the DiNoto Group, based in Woodbury. Mr. Zimmerman said that Bridgehampton Equities will work with the DiNoto Group to keep Publick House there in the short term, while, in the long term, the firm works to “dust off a diamond and preserve Southampton history” by renovating the building.

“My plan there would be to bring it back to its original glory,” Mr. Zimmerman said.

Mr. Sullivan added that he did not know how much the property sold for, but it was “more than I was willing to pay,” he said.

A representative from Pascal Associates did not return a call seeking information about the selling price. According to Southampton Town records, Pascal Associates Inc. had purchased the property from Sfuzzi Inc. in 1996 for $950,000.

In case he cannot reach a new lease agreement with Bridgehampton Equities, Mr. Sullivan said, he may have to relocate the restaurant and brewery.

“If I need to move the business elsewhere, I will,” he said, adding that a new lease could be short-term or long-term, “depending on what we can work out with the new property owner.”

Mr. Sullivan added that he did consider buying the property himself, but said the asking price was “unrealistic” for him, because the 100-year-old structure requires a lot of capital improvements, as Mr. Zimmerman noted. “The building needs a tremendous amount of work. Between that and the cost of real estate, it just didn’t make sense for us to purchase the property,” he explained.

“You can knock this building down and start over, or put well into a million dollars into this place, and not be even close,” he added.

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 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.

And before it was Publick House, it was Herb McCarthy’s restaurant since the 1930s, and, prior to that, the Hampton Inn, which served as a famous speakeasy during the Prohibition era.

Mr. Sullivan assured, though, that the Southampton Publick House is not going anywhere.

“We will definitely be an ongoing business,” he said. “The building was sold—the business was not.”

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Take a look at almost every charity fundraiser in town... "Publick House" is always a sponsor. Good man, that Don Sullivan. I hope the new owners of the building know what they have....
By fishcove (38), southampton on Oct 27, 15 10:06 PM
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Thankful that it will remain open there or some where. Southampton would not be Southampton without it. From Herb MaCarthy's to now ,It has been an institution, my parents loved having dinner there in the 50's.It was and is a special place!
By bayview (156), Southampton on Oct 29, 15 2:00 PM
I echo that! My parents frequented Herb McCsrthy's. In my Mom's later years until she passed last year at 95, she was "a regular." The food and the beer are terrific!!
By LyndaG (1), Southampton on Oct 30, 15 9:49 AM
My dad really loved the beer from the microbrewery. I hope they can keep the microbrewery.
By QuietLife (61), Southampton on Oct 30, 15 9:51 PM