Duryea's Sold; Farewell to Another Icon

Fans of the fare at Duryea's Lobster Deck may have just one more season to enjoy it. The family has sold the property, but will continue to operate it for at least this season. Durell Godfrey

Perry B. Duryea & Son Inc., the iconic Montauk fish wholesale-retail market with a dining deck on Fort Pond Bay, has been sold. But Perry B. Duryea III, the third generation proprietor, said this week that the new owner’s ultimate plan is a positive vision for the property.

That new vision entails a high-end restaurant, according to Mr. Duryea, whose grandfather bought into the business in the early ‘30s. His partner at the time was Capt. E.B. Tuthill, a colorful character who built the first house on the beach at Fort Pond Bay in 1882, according to Jeannette Edwards Rattray, a historian and late publisher of The East Hampton Star.

While Mr. Duryea said that the dock will be fortified to accommodate boats, “for the first time in 15 or 20 years,” he would not say if it would become a marina.

“My wife and I would not have sold to a third party if they were going to run it into the ground,” he said. The deal, which was brokered by Corcoran, closed in late March for an undisclosed price. The asking price was $5.9 million.

Though you may have to say goodbye to Duyea’s Lobster Deck and other mainstays of the Duryea complex, you still have a little while to load up on the establishment’s fabled clam chowder and lobster salad. Mr. Duryea promises to stick around through 2014, and depending on the speed of the transition, perhaps even longer.

When the upcoming project is completed, “it will be very dramatic,” he said. “We’re very excited, and the Duryea family is looking forward to the transformation.”