In Sag Harbor, outdoor dining was once a luxury reserved for places
like The American Hotel, Sen Japanese Restaurant, B. Smiths and The
Dockside Bar & Grill. These are restaurants that have their own patio
spaces where patrons can sip a cocktail and enjoy a meal while
admiring a bustling Main Street, or boats pulling into the village’s
marinas and yacht clubs.
However, in the last three years, village government has embraced the
concept of allowing virtually all restaurants use of sidewalk space to
promote outdoor dining in an effort to support local businesses. Now,
after a meeting with the village’s historic preservation and
architectural review board (ARB) and receiving approval from the State
of New York, residents and visitors alike will enjoy the same
privilege at one of the village’s oldest and most celebrated places to
grab a burger and a beer — The Corner Bar.
On Thursday, July 14, Sag Harbor attorney Miles Anderson presented The
Corner Bar’s concept to the Sag Harbor Village ARB. The seating, which
will be located on the Route 114 side of the building, facing Bay
Street Theatre and Long Wharf, is located on New York State-owned
sidewalk. According to Anderson, Corner Bar owner Jim Smyth has
already received approval from the New York State Department of
Transportation for the outdoor dining area, which will feature four
tables and 12 seats.
“More outdoor dining,” said Sag Harbor ARB Chairman Cee Scott Brown.
“That is great.”
Smyth was unanimously approved for the seating and now will await
approval from the New York State Liquor Authority before following
through with the plan.
In other ARB news, the Sunseeker Club, a firm that rents luxury yachts
and motorboats, was approved for a sign at SGI Marinas at 50 West
Water Street. The owners of a 20 Hamilton Street residence were also
approved for the renovation of that house, as well as a 15 x 40 foot
swimming pool. Robert Smithson, of 32 Eastville Road, was approved for
a 16 x 32 foot pool in the rear of his lot.
Lastly, Ann Castaldo, who lives on Jefferson Street directly behind
the John Jermain Memorial Library, approached the ARB with tentative
plans to replace the siding of her home, which currently does not have
Castaldo was interested in using Hardiplank, a type of siding
engineered to look like wood, but was informed by the board that in
the historic district of Sag Harbor the ARB requires all homes use
real wood siding like cedar clapboard.
Castaldo said she would return with a formal application once she was
ready to fund the project, which will be completed in phases, she said.
The next meeting of the Sag Harbor ARB will be held on Monday, July 25
at 5 p.m.