Bagel Buoy Reopens After Brief Closure, Has Court Date Thursday

Bagel Buoy Market on Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Christine Sampson photo

Bagel Buoy Market reopened Friday following a brief closure last week after a Suffolk County Supreme Court judge granted temporary relief from its landlord’s attempt to close the eatery.

Bagel Buoy’s landlord, KKT Sag Harbor Corporation, had posted a “notice of closure” last Thursday on the door of the market indicating “Bagel Buoy is closed and no longer at this location.”

According to court records, the two parties are due back in court Thursday, and have a second upcoming appearance on May 16. Both will be heard by Justice David T. Reilly.

KKT Sag Harbor Corporation alleged in a lawsuit in February that 3 Bay Street Corporation, the company that operates Bagel Buoy, was in violation of its lease because it failed to “keep the premises and all parts thereof neat, clean and orderly” and “promptly remove all waste, rubbish, trash, recyclables and renderings of every kind and nature … and not allow the same to accumulate.”

Bagel Buoy had responded to those allegations at the time by asserting the trash was the responsibility of the building’s other tenants, and claimed the landlords were trying to “extort a change in the existing lease that would result in increased rent and a shorter term.”

This week, through their attorney, Alex Kriegsman, Kimberly Regan and Kelly Tweed of KKT Sag Harbor Corporation issued the following statement: “Our late father, Gary Tweed, built this building in the ‘90s and restored the neighboring building that now houses the Sag Harbor Florist. We take great pride in their appearance and presence on the historic Sag Harbor waterfront. This case is about Bagel Buoy’s stubborn refusal to comply with basic health and sanitary regulations … and putting their customers and neighbors at risk. We share the town and county’s concerns as to the documented health violations and continued default of county health code and the documented disruptive behavior towards our other tenants. As the building owner, we must take action to protect the environment for our other tenants and the village. Ultimately, we are confident the final determination will be in our favor and to the village’s benefit.”

Bagel Buoy declined to comment this week.