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Mar 9, 2016 11:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Owners Acquire Former Red Fortune Restaurant In Westhampton Beach

The Red Fortune Restaurant property has been sold to George McDonald in December, and has been in talks with Village officials regarding what he can and can't do with the property. GREG WEHNER
Mar 9, 2016 11:28 AM

The Montauk Highway building in Westhampton that most recently housed the Red Fortune restaurant has a new owner who is still investigating his options for the property.

George McDonald of East Moriches, who leases the Circle M Beverage store that sits almost directly across the street from the former restaurant, is listed as the co-owner of the vacant building. The other listed owner is Westhampton Property Management LLC; both parties purchased the property in December for $950,000, according to records.

The restaurant property, which measures just over one-third of an acre, was sold by Fortune House LLC, which operated the Red Fortune restaurant prior to its closing in 2014. Jonesy’s Food and Drink occupied the building before Red Fortune.

Mr. McDonald stopped down at the Westhampton Beach Village Building and Zoning Department in January and inquired about his potential options for the property, according to Westhampton Beach Village Building and Zoning Administrator Paul Houlihan. Particularly, Mr. McDonald asked if he could open a beverage distribution business or some kind of restaurant on the property, Mr. Houlihan said.

The property falls within the village’s B-2 business district, which allows a variety of different uses. The new owners can possibly open a luncheonette, coffee shop, delicatessen or another restaurant. The zoning also permits businesses that can sell liquor, beer and wine.

When contacted last week, Mr. McDonald preferred not to comment on the details of his plans. “I will know shortly,” he said. “I’m trying to figure everything out.”

Mr. McDonald said he would offer additional details this week but then did not respond to multiple follow-up requests for comment.

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