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Sag Harbor Village Board Revokes Page at 63 Main Outdoor Dining License

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Waiters remove chairs from Page at 63 Main Friday afternoon after the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees revoked the restaurant’s outdoor dining license. 

By Stephen J. Kotz

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees on Friday, July 18, revoked the outdoor dining license of Page at 63 Main restaurant. The village board took the action, Mayor Brian Gilbride said, primarily because of ongoing code compliance issues with the restaurant’s new Back Page café, which opened earlier this year.

It did so after attorney Dennis Downes—who told the board the outdoor dining on Main Street earned the restaurant between $7,500 and $10,000 a day—said its owners would shut down the Back Page café immediately until zoning code violations were resolved and a site plan was issued if the village would allow it to keep its outdoor dining license.

Minutes after the village issued its order, at about 5 p.m., waiters were busy removing the tables and chairs that had graced the front of the restaurant next door to the Municipal Building.

The restaurant found itself in hot water when village officials said it made improvements to the property without first obtaining building permits. Village officials also said the restaurant created an outdoor dining area with a slate patio, when the village Planning Board had intended for it to be used simply as a waiting area for patrons who wanted to dine in the main restaurant.

Village officials also said a refrigerated Dumpster enclosure that was built behind the Back Page posed a fire hazard because it was wired for electricity, a charge the restaurant’s representatives denied.

The village also charged that Page did not remove the same number of seats from inside the restaurant as it offered outside, as it had agreed to do when applying for the license.

Last week, the village building inspector suspended the Main Street dining license, pending the restaurant’s appearance next week in village Justice Court. In the meantime, said Mayor Gilbride, the restaurant’s owners “thumbed their nose” at the village.

“We’re here talking because when there was a suspension… the right thing would have been to remove the tables and chairs and let’s get to the bottom of this,” the mayor said.

Mr. Downes sought to prevent the village board from taking action, saying the outdoor dining right was “a valuable property right” that the village could not revoke without “due process.”

Village attorney Fred W. Thiele Jr. called those charges “ludicrous,” adding that the village only charged $100 for a license and said if outdoor seats were as valuable as Mr. Downes said they were, the village should be charging more. “It’s a privilege to use public property for a private use,” Mr. Thiele said.

Mr. Downes conceded that mistake had been made, but said the restaurant had been held up during the planning process and had to do the work to be ready for the summer season.

“Without those seats, there is a lot of money being lost,” said Mr. Downes of the outdoor dining. “It could be the difference between being able to stay alive in the winter where there are less people out here.”

Page Opens New Market Café

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Diners who are in the mood for Page at 63 Main, but would rather take out or have a more casual dining experience, will be happy to learn that the restaurant has opened a new market café, the Back Page.

Located on 63 Division Street, behind the main restaurant, the Back Page can be entered through a side entrance or through Page’s atrium room.

The new space seats 18 at two large picnic tables under market umbrellas and banquette seating along the perimeter.

The menu, which was created by chef Erma Orofino, offers breakfast, lunch, dinners, and late night meals, which include pancakes, fresh salads, paninis, tacos, burgers and more. There are vegan and organic options available and the restaurant incorporates produce from its very own on-site aquaponic garden. There are a variety of beverages available, including draft beers, wine on tap, housemade sangria, fruit and vegetable juices, coffee from Java Nation and tea from Harold and Sons.

The new market café will be open daily, with breakfast from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. A late night menu is also available from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For more information, call (631) 919-5085 or visit www.page63main.com.