La Superica, the Sag Harbor restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike for its oversized burritos, perfect margaritas and sunsets over Windmill Beach, will not re-open this spring, according to owner Ken O’Donnell.
In an interview on Wednesday, Mr. O’Donnell said his lease was set to expire in April and that his landlord, Double Star, Inc., has refused to negotiate a new lease. With his restaurant scheduled to re-open in late March, as usual, Mr. O’Donnell, who is also a Sag Harbor Village Trustee, had to let go of his staff and make the difficult decision to move on and close the restaurant.
“I haven’t been offered a day over what I currently have on my lease,” said Mr. O’Donnell, who every year would close La Superica for roughly five months over the winter. “That’s the lease I signed, but if I had known, my last day would have been my last day.”
“My head chef has a wife and two kids, my second in command has a kid. They have responsibilities,” added Mr. O’Donnell, who took over the restaurant in 1997 from Jeff Resnick, a part-owner of Sen Japanese Restaurant, who opened La Superica in 1991. “I told them if an offer comes up, to take it, because I have nothing to offer right now.”
Mr. O’Donnell, who lives in Sag Harbor with his wife, Kate, said on Wednesday that he would take some time to plan his immediate future. The O’Donnells’ youngest son, Ewan, attends Sag Harbor Elementary School and their older son, Bryant, currently attends DeMatha High School in Maryland.