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Apr 23, 2019 4:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Popular Nightclub Could Be Moving To Southampton Village Main Street Spot

A.M. Southampton, located on Tuckahoe Lane in Tuckahoe, is moving its operations as a nightclub. GREG WEHNER
Apr 24, 2019 12:42 PM

A nightclub could be moving its operations from just south of County Road 39 into the heart of Southampton Village’s Main Street business district—and village officials say the move is completely legal.

Previously located at 125 Tuckahoe Lane in Tuckahoe, A.M. Southampton has hosted events featuring rap stars 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Ja Rule and 6ix9ine. The club, created by entrepreneur Richie Hosein and restaurateur Zach Erdem, is known for its Hamptons White Party and dancing that goes on through the night.

Mr. Erdem owns Southampton Village restaurants KOZU, which operated at 136 Main Street, and 75 Main, to which he is expected to move the A.M. Southampton operations. He also recently confirmed that he plans to open a Mediterranean restaurant in the village.

The A.M. Southampton website lists 75 Main Street as its new location. Numerous attempts to reach Mr. Erdem were not returned.

If Mr. Erdem moves the club to Southampton Village, he will be required to have the property inspected by the village building inspector and fire inspector. As of Tuesday, nobody in the Building Department had heard about the move, and inspections had not been scheduled.

Nothing in the law appears to prohibit a nightclub from operating in the village business district—under certain circumstances.

According to village code, nightclubs are permitted to operate in the business district and highway district if a preexisting, non-conforming use exists on the property. If one does not exist then the operation as a nightclub could be permitted through a special exception issued by the Village Zoning Board of Appeals as an accessory use to the main business, like a restaurant.

The restaurant 75 Main has the ability to operate a nightclub as an accessory use, according to Village Administrator Russell Kratoville. He explained that all properties have a primary use but are also permitted to have additional uses, or accessory uses.

The primary use at 75 Main is restaurant, but since 75 Main already operated as a nightclub in the past, no special exception permit would be required, Mr. Kratoville said, and the village would inspect only the new use.

“As long as it’s an accessory use, the building inspector and fire marshal will give it a proper review to make sure it is in compliance with what its preexisting use was,” he said on Tuesday.

Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving said on Monday that he had not heard about the move but noted that he had some concerns about it.

Currently, the majority of nightclubs in the village are in mixed-use areas, like Elm Street.

Residents who live near the Southampton Social Club and 230 Elm on Elm Street frequently complain about the noise, and about intoxicated patrons who leave the clubs during the early morning hours, sometimes tossing garbage onto lawns.

Mr. Irving acknowledged the issues of mixed-use neighborhoods and the troubles surrounding enforcement of the clubs. “You’ve got residential and nightclubs and restaurants all on the same street,” he said of Elm Street. “It’s always a tough thing to enforce.”

A.M. Southampton, Mr. Irving added, is going to have to be supervised “heavily.”

“Years ago, when I was growing up, we had Brownies on Windmill Lane, and I remember they shut that down because it got too noisy 
and loud,” he said. “I’m sure if 75 Main has the intent to do the same, they’ll be shut down.”

The building where A.M. Southampton operated up until recently is slated to continue operation as a nightclub operated by Mike Viscuso, who owns numerous clubs in California.

He said on Tuesday that he plans to operate The Hedge Club at the Tuckahoe location, and to open in time for Memorial Day.

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Leaf blowers bad...Loud nightclubs good...
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Apr 25, 19 9:11 AM
both bad
By BrianWilliams (87), on Apr 25, 19 3:26 PM
Loud music?! Dancing ”through the night”?! It is totally legal?! The HORROR!
By banned (191), Hampton Bays on Apr 25, 19 11:16 AM
I had the same thought as V.Tomanoku - How can you ban leaf blowers during the day and let this guy create noise pollution all night?
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Apr 25, 19 11:30 AM
Stop in Inhumanity, a place were people can listen to music and dance should be stopped, but lets propose that Gas Powered Lawn Mowers, Leaf Blowers, Construction projects should be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays.
By MMP (7), hampton bays on Apr 25, 19 1:56 PM
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But none of the stores are open. The village closes up at night, unlike Sag Harbor all the stores and restaurants are open. So wheres the beef?
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Apr 25, 19 6:06 PM
Young people need something to do and dancing is good for you.
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Apr 26, 19 7:51 AM
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Will the hard working Women of Eastern European decent still be “on call” upstairs at 75 Main?
By G (342), Southampton on Apr 26, 19 8:43 AM
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Southampton Village seems to be going through what West Palm Beach went through in the early 1970's. Locals priced out of their overly assessed homes of 50+ years. The once thriving downtown was abandoned by the priced out long time merchants for areas further inland. The locals & merchants were replaced by criminals, after daily break ins became common. The once beautiful downtown area became so dangerous it is unsafe by any means at night. This all happened within sight of multi million dollar ...more
Apr 26, 19 8:47 AM appended by themarlinspike
I predict a "pot for sale" store on Jobs Lane and a methadone clinic on Hampton Road will arrive eventually.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Apr 26, 19 8:47 AM
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WOW! I didn't realize this an it makes sense
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Apr 26, 19 8:56 AM
You sound afraid Marlin.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 26, 19 9:16 AM
Be assured, I fear no man or woman or you.
May 6, 19 9:19 AM appended by themarlinspike
. . . . or clowns, or ghosts.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Apr 26, 19 9:19 AM
Que the old people with nothing better to do! We have to stop this "noise." This is not the old parting Hamptons... this is the new Geritol, in bed by 7pm, get off my lawn, no airplane noise at an airport, landscaping with push mowers old folks home Hamptons.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Apr 26, 19 9:05 AM
All these idiots in the village Hall of worried about houses being too big and lawn mower as being too loud now they have something else to complain about
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 26, 19 3:58 PM
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Better open the clubs on the beach in Hampton Bays overthere can be noise and music and is more appropriate than middle of any village. Southampton is crowded at night in week-ends leave 75 Main be restaurant only.
By dany (33), Water Mill on Apr 28, 19 7:07 AM
Wait a minute. If I remember correctly, there were 3 places on the beach for people to go to. Why were they closed?
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Apr 28, 19 8:05 AM
Anybody hear about the “upstairs” at 75 Main? Hmmm
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 28, 19 7:40 PM
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So is that the location where the gentlemen with large wallets have been getting "serviced" ?
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Apr 29, 19 6:29 AM
I always thought it was dumb to turn Neptune's into a museum. I mean, really? It could have been something.....
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Apr 30, 19 10:18 PM