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Feb 21, 2012 12:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Finn's In Westhampton Beach Could Close Soon

Feb 21, 2012 3:21 PM

Word has been circulating that the popular Irish pub Finn’s, located at 101 Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach, will be shutting its doors in the near future.

But owner Michael Mancuso said on Tuesday that he is still trying to negotiate a new lease with the owners of the commercial building, EK Riverhead Partners LLC in Manhattan, and that he remains hopeful that a new accord will be reached soon, perhaps before the Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 10.

“Hopefully, we can come to a mutually acceptable agreement,” said Mr. Mancuso, explaining that the Saunders sign placed on the front lawn of his restaurant is there in case he is unable to extend his lease. He declined to say when his lease expires.

Virginia “Ginger” Bittner Andrews, the managing broker for Saunders West in Westhampton Beach and an associate broker with Saunders & Associates in Bridgehampton, confirmed Monday that the building on the west side of Old Riverhead Road is now “up for lease.” She declined to comment further on the situation.

Mr. Mancuso took over the business a few years ago and changed the name from Finn McCool’s to Finn’s, though the sign in front of the business was never altered to reflect it.

EK Riverhead Partners LLC, whose main mailing address is in Manhattan, has owned the property since 2002, according to town records. Officials at EK Riverhead Partners could not be reached for comment this week.

The property at 101 Old Riverhead Road was assessed at $739,200 in 2010, according to Westhampton Beach Village records.

Thomas Terry, the president of the Rotary Club of Westhampton, said this week that his group, which has been meeting at the Westhampton Beach restaurant every Tuesday afternoon for the past several months, was recently told that it would have to gather at another place. He added that the pending closing of the restaurant was reported in his group’s recent newsletter.

“That’s what I’ve heard through the grapevine,” Mr. Terry said when asked if Finn’s would be closing for good. He declined to say when his group was told it would have to start meeting elsewhere.

“I had to give them a head’s up just in case,” Mr. Mancuso said on Tuesday.

A representative of the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce declined to comment on the status of the business, explaining that Finn’s was not currently a member of the business organization. Formerly known as Finn McCool’s and, before that, Jimmy Boylan’s Restaurant, Finn’s sits just south and west of Gabreski Airport.

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I remember the Match Box and Friday night fried clams
I've had a couple of good meals at Finn's
Hope it stays, that stretch of Old Riverhead Road looks like a ghost Town
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Feb 23, 12 10:52 AM
sorry to hear that. I remember seeing an episode of Gordon Ramsey's where he overhauled the restaurant and menu.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Feb 23, 12 2:24 PM
While this is sad news, and I hope the landlord and tenant work it out, the reality here is many local business are suffering due to the economy. Bars are a shrinking industry because of many factors including DWI and the general expenses of being in business (MTA tax, etc...). The summer community is simply not enough to support year round expenses. Sad.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Feb 23, 12 8:15 PM
With the state of the economy- taxes- potentially new taxes- look at our own Village Board apparently supporting higher taxes by piercing the 2% tax cap- limiting new business- supermarkets- in the Village- I cant see how any business can survive out here. What a shame.
By realistic (465), westhampton on Feb 24, 12 8:59 PM
will the dumpster still be open for business?
By uncleronk (136), southold on Feb 26, 12 8:47 PM
Bigjim- jeez, that reminds me alot of miss teen south carolina 2007, such as........
By Lets go mets (366), Southampton on Feb 27, 12 3:20 PM
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