Ruschmeyer’s, the latest hot spot in Montauk, is under fire this week after being issued two summonses — one for operating without a certificate of occupancy and another for construction of an exterior platform without a permit from the East Hampton Town Building Department.
Touted in a promotional video as a “nautical summer camp” by a co-owner, Robert McKinley, the 19-room hotel, restaurant, and bar is in a residential zone on Second House Road. It opened for business Memorial Day weekend.
In the video, Mr. McKinley says there was a pool on the property that was not in good condition, so the owners had it filled in and put in a platform that holds a beer garden with Ping-Pong tables, a boccie ball court, picnic tables, umbrellas, and bleachers.
“It’s supposed to be fun, there are supposed to be a lot of activities, almost like a summer camp,” Mr. McKinley says.
Ruschmeyer’s has teamed up with Madewell for tie-dye sessions on the lawn. Fliers invite participants to “Get crafty cool with us.”
Formerly the Second House Tavern, the property is owned by Jonathan Chapski of East End Restaurant Holdings L.L.C., who leases the space to Ruschmeyer’s. The last approved certificate of occupancy for the property is dated 2005.
The summonses direct the Ruschmeyer’s owners to appear in court on Aug. 29 to clear up any discrepencies between what is listed on the certificate of occupancy and what is actually on the property. At that point, said Tom Preiato, the town’s senior building inspector, they will likely have to go through the proper channels and apply for a certificate of occupancy and building permit for the platform.
The owners of Ruschmeyer’s, Ben Pundole, Ed Sheetz, a