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Apr 30, 2012 3:06 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Surf Lodge Is Sold, Attorney Says Settlement Is Near

May 1, 2012 3:30 PM

The Surf Lodge, the Montauk summer night spot on Edgemere Road that has been popular with crowds of young people, but not so popular among its neighbors and town code enforcement officers, has been sold.

The prior owners, Edgemere Montauk, LLC signed a deal with Montauk Properties, LLC, an investment company focused on real estate and hospitality investments, sometime last week, according to Thomas Horn, the business’s attorney. Montauk Properties, LLC is managed by Michael Walrath, according a press release from Mr. Horn.

“We acquired the Surf Lodge with a vision for improving and refining the experiences for all our guests,” Mr. Walrath said in the statement. “Montauk has been an amazing culture and community and we think the Surf Lodge has an opportunity to play a vital role in the community. For me, Montauk is about family, fishing, surfing and all-around good people. I have four kids and I want them to grow up with the types of values 
Montauk has to offer.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Horn said he and East Hampton Town attorneys are just about done fine-tuning a settlement agreement on nearly 700 Town Code violations charged against the business’s owners last year. He declined to discuss the specifics of the agreement.

“I think that we’re going to reach a solution sometime this week that we’ll have to present to the judge,” Mr. Horn said.

Montauk Properties, LLC has partnered with one of the original owners, Jayma Cardoso, who will manage the day-to-day operations of the business, according to the release.

“This is extremely exciting and we are all looking forward to a great summer,” she stated in the release. “Montauk Properties has already proven to be supportive and committed to the community through other investments.”

The Surf Lodge will still keep its name, but the new owners plan to take the nightclub scene down a notch. The business will be “a little bit more mellow than what it became and probably a little bit more true to the Montauk community,” said Mr. Walwrath.

“It doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a fun place to go, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a fun place to hang out,” he said in a phone interview on Monday. “The experience our guests have is extremely important to us, but our relationship with the town and the community is equally important to us.”

Mr. Walwrath, who has a home in Montauk, said he spends a lot of time in the hamlet during all seasons. He said he has strong ties to the community through both friends and family. He said while there’s been a lot of good things about Surf Lodge, he admitted “some mistakes have been made.

“I just think you’ll find it will be a little bit different than it has been in the past,” he said of Surf Lodge’s future. “But still awesome.”

Mr. Walwrath also recently bought Lenny’s On the Dock in Montauk this past winter with his partner, James Tchinnis. They plan to call the new place Swallow East—named in part after Mr. Walwrath’s restaurant in Huntington Village called Swallow. Swallow East will be open this summer.

Ms. Cardoso, a managing partner in the Surf Lodge, said the business will be scaling its Friday and Saturday hours back, from closing at 4 a.m. to closing at 2 a.m. The establishment will also shut down at 11 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday.

“My mom always says nothing good happens after 2 a.m.,” she joked.

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Wow this suckkkkkkkksss......This place used to be so much fun on the weekends
By tow0686 (1), montauk on May 3, 12 5:15 AM