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East End Business Book: New Ownership Takes Over Montauk Night Club

Also this week, Southampton Publick House's head brewer heads north to Connecticut; bowling alley opening in Riverhead expected this summer.

Our East End Report, a wrap-up of the week's news from Greenport to Riverhead to Montauk, recaps each Patch site's most compelling story. Below, we bring your our weekly business wrap-up, so you're in the know on which businesses are coming and going in the area. 

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SOUTHAMPTON

After 16 years, the founding brewer of, Phil Markowski, has moved on to help found a new brewery in Stratford, Conn.

“He’s done a great job for us for 16 years,” said Publick House owner Donald Sullivan, adding that he wishes Markowski well.

EAST HAMPTON

A new group is at the helm of Montauk's most talked about nightclub.

According to a statement issued Monday, Montauk Properties LLC has purchased , a late-night hot spot that has been the subject of complaints from neighbors.

The former ownership is  involving more than 600 zoning and fire code violations. Just last week,  to appeal a decision made by the town building inspector with regards to necessary permits.

RIVERHEAD

A long-awaited bowling alley at the intersection of Routes 58 and Route 25 in Riverhead may be open for business by summer.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said on Thursday residents eager to get their bowling shoes on might not have long to wait. "The bowling alley principles have told me it will be open this summer," Walter said.

WESTHAMPTON-HAMPTON BAYS

Tide Runners, one of the more unique eateries in Hampton Bays with a 12 slip marina and outdoor deck, has set it's opening season for May 4 at 4 p.m.

NORTH FORK

 owner Eric Russell has never been a big fan of any sort of quick draw game at a bar. But late last fall, he began to consider installing Qwik Bet machines from Suffolk Off-Track Betting (OTB) for those interested in horse racing — or for those just looking for a different form of entertainment. The machines have been up and running at the Southold tavern as of last week.

“I would never have quick draw in this bar — it interrupts customer service and is too much for the bartender to run,” Russell said. “But the OTB machines have little impact on the bartender or the customer who wants nothing to do with it.”

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