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Food at Last at Hero Beach?

Wed, 06/01/2022 - 18:25

The Hero Beach Club, a Montauk resort at the westernmost entrance to the hamlet, will finally be able to offer food to its guests, pending a June 22 public hearing.

The resort’s plan to build a kitchen in the basement, replace the sanitary systems with low-nitrogen units, and build a 515-square-foot second-floor deck gained the approval of the East Hampton Town Planning Board on May 18. When last discussed in March, board members had requested Hero Beach to submit wording restricting the use of the kitchen to hotel guests only.

The proposed covenant states: “Food/Kitchen/Room service/catering will only service guests of the hotel. Food will be ordered on a Hero Beach Club app and will be regulated. Oceanside Owners L.L.C. will operate food service only when the hotel is open and operating. Food service will not operate when the hotel is closed.”

The only comment on the wording came from Samuel Kramer, the chairman of the board, who wanted it to emphasize that the food service was not open to the public.

The covenant also states that any catered events at Hero Beach would be subject to a mass gathering permit issued by the town.

Hero Beach has been attempting to provide food for its guests since 2017. An early version of the application asked for a standalone restaurant that would be open to the public and allow seating for 16. The board dismissed that application, citing concerns about parking and fears of a Surf Lodge-type congestion right at the gateway into the hamlet.

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