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Sep 27, 2017 3:43 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Moe's Closes Its Doors

The Moe's in Hampton Bays closed. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Sep 27, 2017 3:46 PM

The Moe’s Southwest Grill in Hampton Bays sold its last burrito earlier this month.

The fast-food restaurant closed its doors on September 16 at the discretion of the owner, according to a chain guest relations representative, speaking from Moe’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, who declined to give his full name.

Franchise owner Guy Constantopoulos opened the West Montauk Highway restaurant—which sold burritos, tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican and Tex-Mex foods—in 2013. The restaurant is in the Tiana Shopping Center, which also houses Wild by Nature, Dollar Tree, Planet Fitness, HSBC Bank and Domino’s Pizza.

Mr. Constantopoulos could not be immediately reached for comment.

The 2,500-square-foot building that housed the restaurant is now listed for lease by Robert Delavale of Breslin Realty Development Corp. in Garden City. He would not divulge the lease price, noting that it can vary depending on what business moves in.

“We’d like to replace it with another restaurant,” Mr. Delavale said on Tuesday. “Preferably with a chain or a good, regional, strong food retailer.”

The longtime tenant before Moe’s moved in during the summer of 2013 was a Blockbuster video rental store; a Spirit Halloween pop-up store rented the space briefly in 2011 after Blockbuster went out of business.

The Hampton Bays Moe’s was the only location on the South Fork. The next closest Moe’s is on Old Country Road in Riverhead.

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Oh good- yet another business closed in town. How many vacant buildings in hampton bays now? Diner, Friendlies, Moe's Good job Glinka!
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 27, 17 4:41 PM
LOL this is Stan's fault because?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 17 8:19 AM
A Subway in there would be nice.
By bmr80 (35), east quogue on Sep 27, 17 5:30 PM
We had a Subway in Hampton Bays it closed. The new rumor is Dominoes will open.
By greeneyedlady (55), East Quogue on Sep 27, 17 7:24 PM
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There's been construction going on for months where the old Uncle Joe's / Radio Shack was with a giant Dominoes sign.
By Pacman (273), Southampton on Sep 28, 17 10:12 AM
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Yes I know , but it when down hill when it was sold in the early 2000's and wasn't ran correctly. A correctly ran Subway would do great in that spot in my opinion.
By bmr80 (35), east quogue on Sep 28, 17 5:16 PM
a Mexican restaurant in HB failed?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Sep 28, 17 8:39 AM
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No, but seriously, it was terrible.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Sep 28, 17 8:50 AM
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Did they think the HB middle class would go there? No, there is no more HB middle class! Did they think the latinos would go there? No, there are plenty of taco shacks in HB, many illegal restaurants in illegal rental homes for much cheaper due to no oversight or overhead. Did they think all the retired NY teachers and cops would go there? No, they have big buck pensions and wouldn't be caught dead in a low class chain restaurant. Who is left in HB besides the suckers?
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 17 9:18 AM
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People who see things for what they really are. But they'll open another taco stand or bodega until someday we wake up and take the bull by the horns. Times and people have changed.
By Moral Dolphin (50), Southampton on Sep 30, 17 8:23 AM
Moes in HB was nasty , dirty, terrible
By 1percent (52), Quogue on Sep 28, 17 1:17 PM
Where will the classy and well heeled Barn patrons eat now that Moe's is gone?? We know where they'll throw up after being over served by Tony...but what will they eat first?
By G (342), Southampton on Sep 28, 17 7:29 PM
"G" Thinking like that is why the Motels are loaded up with County programs, businesses are closing down, and there are no viable retail establishments in Hampton Bays. The Barn is open 20 days a year. At least its patrons are supporting local businesses unless most of Hampton Bays residents who go to Riverhead or west to spend their money. Over taxed and no people plus ridiculous planning costs by the town, makes it hard for any business. Friendly's, Diner, Moe's not to mention the CPI that has ...more
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 29, 17 10:34 AM
"unlike, not "unless"
By The Real World (368), southampton on Sep 29, 17 10:34 AM
I agree. It seems some people really dislike the "Barn" and lose sight of what has happened to our business district(s). The Town leadership scares any viable business and building owner away with their ridiculous permit process. The residents complain about not having a business district, but how many make an effort to support the local businesses. The alleged "master plan" is 20 years old and completely irrelevant. The leadership spent $4.5 million on Good Ground Park that requires extensive ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 17 11:05 AM
A problem with Hampton Bays is that it's beginning to look like the kind of place you go to spend your last years of life... with commercial pharmacies (Rite Aid, and soon Walgreens) and multiple walk-in medical clinics peppering the main street in the hamlet. It's a huge turnoff to visitors. I wonder if the town planners or chamber of commerce see this? I'd plan pharmacies and clinics further West, in the area of Moe's and work to attract more interesting, small businesses on the main drag to serve ...more
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Sep 29, 17 12:59 PM
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It is possible to turn things around. There are so many people/groups trying to make positive changes. The main problem in these establishments closing are a either bad management and/or greedy landlords. There is no parking along mainstreet and there is not enough to attract tourism to the downtown area. The police over the years were made to sit like hawks at every restaurant, bar and by the bridge to Dune Road and scared all the business. The locals cannot alone make these businesses thrive. ...more
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Sep 29, 17 7:28 PM
I agree that it is possible to turn things around, but I disagree about policing the bars. Allowing people to drive while intoxicated is never the answer. The planning department is stale and old. They have become complaisant and lazy. They wouldn't know something "hip: if they tripped over it and they are too lazy to find out. "Let's dust a 20 year old master plan off the shelve and start building a park. We needed PARKING and sidewalks. Look at Southampton Village and Westhampton Village. ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Sep 30, 17 8:39 AM
The problem ha never been with the master plan but rather the Town choosing to ignore it. The key aspect of the plan for Hampton Bays recognized the importance of Resort Waterfront Business zoning and how crucial it was to the social and economic health of the hamlet.

So what did the pandering politicians do? They either bought out the majority of properties so zoned or bargained them away to developers, particularly to developers who have failed to develop anything. This should not ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 6, 17 2:51 AM
When you exit the highway in Hampton Bays, the first thing you should see is signage directing drivers to a FREE municipal parking lot, and with one goal in mind: to attract every car that passes through to stop and stay a while. But there is no municipal parking lot. The area where the new park was created behind Main street business’ would have made an ideal municipal lot where you could park, then walk out onto Main street. Tourist need places to visit or they’ll go elsewhere. During ...more
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Oct 3, 17 5:09 PM
Lets bring in nicer stores...how about a Citarella?
By C-Hill (5), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 17 4:02 PM
Too high-end for HB imho. Area's been begging for Trader Joe's! Seems like a good middle ground for them--midway between east, west and north populations. Problem is, area supermarkets would probably defeat.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 5, 17 4:42 PM
...middle ground for "them", what does that mean? HB residents don't deserve a Citarella? If you don't live in Hampton Bays, what do you know or care?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 17 6:56 PM
"... middle ground for them" means HB would be geographically equidistant from a pool of customers TJ's could draw from --east (of HB), west (of HB), and north (of HB).
Not a question of "deserving". A question of income demographics to support Citarella's very high prices. How about the new farmer's market? Any reviews to report?
I gather you're of the opinion one has to stay within the confines of one's address to grocery shop? I see.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 6, 17 7:57 PM
OK - west of the Canal people don't deserve a Citerella? I am not saying it would work, but I am not sure based on what data,you can make the statement that it is too high end. However, you did prefix with IMHO....so we will leave it at that. I hate to see empty stores - hopefully something will go in that is viable.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 17 8:46 PM
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By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 17 9:03 PM
Honey, this is about OPINION and PREFERENCE, not authority. My preference is for a Trader Joe's over Citarella, and my opinion is that it would work in Hampton Bays. You are free to state yours. It would be as valid as mine. Now go take a pill and try to live up to your name.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 6, 17 9:20 PM
Wow, that is the first time you have ever considered someone else's opinion as valid as yours. Perhaps you have taken a pill?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 17 10:27 PM
Yes the red one, but FFS these 27east comments are silly. A Trader Joes would be absolutely amazing. 27east.com moderators should feel bad.
By Genuin2 (10), Southampton on Oct 7, 17 12:47 PM