Could those famous Hooters wings be coming to this old Suffolk Light, Heat & Power Company building? There’s currently a proposal working its way through the Southampton Village bureaucracy to turn the 5,000-sq-ft building from 1902 into a unspecified 97-seat restaurant.
A number of potential restaurants have expressed interest in the building, causing one trustee to ask about the possibility of a chain restaurant moving into the location: “Could we have something like Hooters there?” The Village attorney says that the Village code “does not distinguish between chain and independently owned restaurants, leaving the possibility of a Hooters open.” There are a lot of chain restaurants that are far more likely to open in the Hamptons, so we wonder if the Village has some sort of actionable intelligence about Hooters that they aren’t sharing?
But even if it isn’t a Hooters, the Village trustees “fear [any] new restaurant could mimic existing ones in the municipality, which transform into rowdy clubs after dinner,” such as Southampton Social Club, 75 Main, and the infamous Nello Summertimes.
The issue is now before the Village Zoning Board of Appeals, where the restaurant plan will be debated at a public hearing.
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