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Bucket's Serves Up Its Last Egg Sandwich

Everett Griffiths and his wife Angela ready for retirement after 33 years behind the deli counter.

Everett Griffths couldn't hide his emotions as the lunch rush settled down — the last of his deli's 33 year run.

Griffiths, and his wife Angela, closed , one of the last mom and pop's in East Hampton Village on Friday. They are retiring, hanging up their aprons on their own terms. "I wanted to go out while I'm on top," he said, plus, "I'm tired and I don't want to get up at quarter to 4 in the morning anymore."

Bucket's, which got its name from its previous owner Norton W. (Bucket's) Daniels in the 1970s, still has a lease in the building at the corner of Newtown Lane and Railroad Avenue until the end of March. Griffiths said he didn't want to be rushed out, so he decided to close up shop now.

Griffiths got choked up when he spoke of being overwhelmed by his customers' kind words of encouragement and wishes for a good retirement ever since he made the . When the last day came, it was even busier than he expected. Known for his egg sandwich specials, he said he cooked 31 dozen eggs and ran out of rolls.

"It's amazing that we have so many friends, not just customers, friends," he said.

"I'm so happy for you," said Hugh King, the village historian who calls Griffiths his favorite cousin, though he wanted to know just where he was going to exchange his loose change for baseball cards. Like King, Griffiths lives in the same house in Amagansett in which he grew up.

Several flower arrangements arrived and every customer wanted to shake Griffiths hand and tell a story or two.

Rich Brierley stopped in for a Turkey BLT to take home for his 23 year old son Matt Brierley, who was working in Montauk and couldn't make it in before closing, but wanted his favorite sandwich for dinner. "My son has to have one more," Rich said, and the ladies behind the counter, Tammi Gay and Christine Moran, knew just how his son took the sandwich — cheese, no mayo.

East Hampton resident Jeremy Samuelson actually stopped in twice on Friday. In the morning, he savored his last bacon, egg, and cheddar sandwich — with extra bacon — and then was hoping for something they didn't have on the menu the last day. "It's the best pulled pork in town, you kidding me?," he said.

Workers behind the counter used to poke fun at him for his unusual request, at least in these parts, a scoop of coleslaw on top of the pulled pork. "They did it that way for me for years," he said.

The secret to three decades in business? "I tried to keep the prices low for the locals, the working class," Griffiths said. "And people kept coming back — an they tell me the ."

Nicholas Hemby February 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Buckets will truly be missed. No place left to get Deviled Eggs........... At least good ones.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 25, 2012 at 02:13 AM
From our Facebook page: Sam Lester: I, along with a heard of workmen,waited 20 minutes this morning to get my last number 3 with bacon. Worth every minute of it. Thanks to Everett and Angie for 33 great years! Tara Loper Mansir: Look at that handsome Tyler!!!
Christine Martin February 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Good wishes for an enjoyable retirement Everett and Angela. Nevertheless, you will very obviously be missed.
Jimbo February 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Another one bites the dust!!!!!!! I've had it!!! If you're not a long time local you can't see the trend!
Kathy Olphie Byrnes February 25, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The best part about buckets besides the food was that contagous laugh of Everetts, now that will be missed . enjoy yourself Everett you deserve it!!!
olivia brooks February 25, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Good luck and best wishes for a happy retirement, Angie and Everett...more time for family and YOU!
. February 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Best wishes on your retirement
Pam Schenck February 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Wishing Everett and his wife a very happy retirement. Thanks for your 33 years of hard work and good sandwiches and breakfast specials.
Nanci e. LaGarenne February 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
best breakfast rolls before facing a day of cleaning houses. Thanks for the memories! And the chicken salad...yummy! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!
Ronald king February 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I WAS AT BUCKETS 7:30 FRIDAY MORNING TO ORDER MY LAST EGG SANDWICH, THE BEST FROM MONTAUK TO MANHATTAN BUT I WILL MISS THE GRIFFITHS THE MOST ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE A SMILEING FACE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR RETIREMENT !
Loretta Lynch February 26, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I hope Everett and Angela enjoy their retirememt as much as I do. They are a deserving couple who have worked very hard. I want to thank Everett for all the pounds of potato salad he made for me. I never could make it as good as his.
Fran Gardiner February 27, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Good Luck Everett~~~~~since the "Under the bridge days" till me in "Snips" next door, I wish you the best..
Jimbo February 27, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Fran - please give me your address - you have a reunion coming up!
Rachel Spector March 01, 2012 at 09:47 AM
I've been a customer of Buckets since my childhood in the 70's. I am a summertime resident (my parents house). I absolutely love the chicken salad, deviled eggs, potato salad and the East Hampton iced tea avail. in carton or plastic. Buckets is the stop before I get to the house ftom the city. Buckets was the stop before the beach, duck pond, the park by the A&P etc.... I was planning to drive out but was unable. My father stopped in a picked me up all my favorites and drove them into the city for me. To say the very least the loss of Buckets and the entire Buckets family will be a loss of more than just sandwiches and salads. It will be the loss of East Hamptons best known secret. East Hampton woke up on Feb 25th with heavy heart and empty tummies. I will always wonder about the magic that happend in the Buckets kitchen but I bet it was the love of it's owners and employees that made it as close to perfect as a it could be. Thanks for all the wonderful years! Enjoy your retirement. If you ever want to share your recipes (I had to ask)

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