About five months have elapsed since a mysterious “closed — on fall break” sign appeared inside the door of Espresso, the take-out spot at the corner of Main and Bay streets, leaving many scratching their heads and searching for answers.
One clue to the shop’s fate emerged this week when Town and Country Real Estate placed a “for sale” advertisement in this newspaper for the property.
The ad calls it an “on-going business” and says the sale would include all contents. “All equipment three years old. Long lease in place. Serious inquiries only,” it reads. The asking price is not disclosed.
Hal Zwick, its listing agent, could not be reached for comment; nor could Danny Cheng or Rich Camacho, Espresso’s co-owners.
Espresso has not been without its challenges in Sag Harbor. The take-out spot opened at the former location of the Cigar Bar, in January of 2016, two years after having to leave its previous location at the corner of Henry and Division Streets, where Harbor Market is now. Mr. Camacho and a partner purchased Espresso in 2006 from Luigi and Robin Tagliasacchi.
According to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, several code violations were found during Espresso’s most recent county inspection in March of 2018. Among them were inconsistent marking of food expiration dates, refrigerators that were lacking thermometers to maintain proper food storage temperatures, a hand-wash sink that was obstructed with cleaning equipment and proof of the presence of rodents. Records indicate that corrective actions were taken on all of them.
In 2016, Mr. Cheng, who also owns the Yummylicious ice cream parlor and whose family also owns Sing City on Long Island Avenue, told The Sag Harbor Express, “We provide great meals at great prices. We’re here to fill that void for the people who want affordable food.”
That’s exactly what Arlene Blake of Sag Harbor has missed ever since the “closed” sign went up last fall.
“It was my go-to place,” said Ms. Blake, who said she’s not much of a cook. “They had the best grilled salmon in the world. … The people were great. So many people are so disappointed. I love this town and that was a big part of it, as far as I’m concerned.”