Adolph Notel Jr., 78, a restaurateur and antiques shop owner for many years in Amagansett, died in in Taneytown, Md., on Aug. 25 after being hospitalized with pneumonia. He had been in poor health for some time.
Known as Sonny, he was born in Long Island City on Aug. 19, 1934. His family moved to Amagansett in 1947. He attended East Hampton High School and played on the football team. Upon graduating, Mr. Notel enlisted in the Navy, where he served for two years, stationed in Newfoundland.
When he returned home, he built a clam bar, which still stands today near his family’s restaurant, the Little Inn on Napeague.
He married the former Delores Baron, and together the couple opened an antiques store in Amagansett called the Junque Shop. He later ran Sonny’s Luncheonette, also in Amagansett.
After many years, the couple sold their businesses and moved to South Carolina, where they opened another antiques store. The marriage ended in divorce.
He later moved to Dundalk, Md., where he did construction work.
He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Stone, of Lake Worth, Fla., two brothers, Frederick Notel of Springs and George Notel of Virginia Beach, Va., and a sister, Genie Scharf of West Islip. His wife died before him.
His body was donated to the University of Maryland.