Many of us have heard awhile ago about how Anthony’s Fish Grotto has to move out of their prime location along Harbor Drive by the end of 2016. What I hadn’t heard was that the property was taken over by the owners of the Brigantine restaurant network, the Morton family.
I became appalled when I heard this not too long ago – and I was even sitting at a window seat at the Grotto – and I honestly think that I could see the Brigantine on Shelter Island from that window.
Now just more recently, I have heard – and it’s verified by an employee – that the Red Sails Inn on Shelter Island is closing on August 31st and will be revamped and sold.
And guess who is buying it? Yeah, the same owners of the Brig.
It’s not enough that they already have a restaurant right across the street. How much of a monopoly do they have to have? Miguel’s on one corner; The Brig almost on the other; and both just across the street from the Red Sails.
No question in my mind that it is time to start boycotting the company. Pretty soon there will be a Brigantine owned restaurant, or a Cohn owned restaurant on every corner. (Sort of like the gas station on every corner many years ago.)
And let’s add to the farewell of Shades right after Labor Day and the new owners the same ones that own Wonderland.
Have landlords priced other restaurants out of the market?
What has happened to new establishments; those that have something different to offer the public?
What happened to free enterprise?
Two restaurants owned by the Cohn group in Ocean Beach; three restaurants owned by the Mortons on Shelter Island; two restaurants owned by the same group upstairs/downstairs from each other in Ocean Beach.
The choices are getting slimmer and slimmer. I will tell you this: I will no longer go to the Brigantine for “taco Tuesday”; (South Beach is better anyway but more crowded.) I will no longer indulge in the great white jalapeno sauce at Miguel’s; I will no longer eat at “Wonderland” – besides I don’t like the noise OR the hair in my hamburger; and I don’t drink beer so I will no longer go to the “OB Warehouse.”
Just let me know when and where new, individually owned restaurants are opening, and I’ll be there to sample their fare. And, while I am at it, I hope that the prices are not as exorbitant as they seem to be at the other eateries!