Cyril's Liquor License Canceled; Town Targeting Memory Motel

Cyril's Fish House early in the 2014 season Morgan McGivern

Cyril’s Fish House has lost its license to sell alcohol, according to Joseph Prokop, the attorney handling East Hampton Town’s ongoing legal confrontation with the popular Napeague roadside bar and restaurant.

The New York State Liquor Authority prosecuted Cyril’s on 83 charges and found it guilty on Tuesday of 73 of them, Mr. Prokop said. Yesterday, its members voted 2-1 to cancel the license.

Clan-Fitz, the ownership entity of the business, will not find comfort in that one dissenting vote, which reportedly was to revoke the license permanently.

The S.L.A. was to have served the cancellation notice yesterday. East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said Tuesday that the department had been unofficially notified of the suspension, but had not yet received official word from the authority.

William Crowley, a spokesman for the S.L.A., said yesterday that the owners could reapply for a license from the board but that the establishment’s record would be taken into account.

As part of the lawsuit against the restaurant and Clan-Fitz, East Hampton Town is seeking an injunction that would force its closing. The request will likely be decided upon by the end of this month.

Out in Montauk, another establishment is facing a confrontation with the town. On Tuesday, the East Hampton Town Board voted 5-0 to seek a temporary restraining order from State Supreme Court against the owners of the Memory Motel.

“They have no site plan approval for the outdoor bar, or for the fencing, or the tables,” said Michael Sendlenski, a prosecuting attorney for the town. The bar has also decreased its on-site parking, another code violation, he said, adding that Memory principals were “confrontational with our code enforcement officers” during a recent visit.

Mr. Sendlenski said the town would be in State Supreme Court in Riverhead today seeking the injunction.