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Mar 14, 2018 2:03 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

After Nearly Three Decades In Sag Harbor, La Superica Restaurant To Close

La Superica, the popular Mexican restaurant in Sag Harbor, is done after nearly three decades in the village. DANA SHAW
Mar 14, 2018 4:50 PM

For some, it’s a perfect margarita. Others, the shrimp enchilada suiza, or the nachos. The regulars who have frequented La Superica, the popular Mexican restaurant that has overlooked the bridge in Sag Harbor for nearly 30 years, always have their favorite menu or bar items that they can’t wait to dive into when the restaurant re-opens every spring after its months-long winter break. Typically, that break would be over in less than two weeks.

Now, that break is permanent.

Owner Ken O’Donnell confirmed on Wednesday that he would not re-open the restaurant, because he was unable to reach a deal on a new lease with Double Star, Inc, the company that owns the building. Mr. O’Donnell said that after a five-year lease expired last year, he hired Judge Edward T. Burke in October to begin a negotiation for a new lease with Double Star Inc., but said the company was evasive for months, and never committed to striking a new deal.

La Superica opened in 1991, and was owned by Jeff Resnick until 1997, when Mr. O’Donnell and his family took over the lease and the business. Mr. O’Donnell, 49, graduated from Southampton High School and began working as a bartender at the restaurant in 1995.

Mr. O’Donnell expressed disappointment with the way the situation played out, saying he had intended to stay in business, but couldn’t commit to hiring and retaining employees when he did not receive any answers about his lease throughout the months he was closed for the winter season.

“After 20 years of being an upstanding tenant, I can’t say that I’m not disappointed,” he said. “I think Double Star’s lack of consideration has been reckless, at best.”

Patrons of the popular restaurant and bar will certainly be sad that they won’t get to eat their favorite food or enjoy their favorite drink one more time, and Mr. O’Donnell said that had he known he would have to close, he would have held a closing party at the end of last season.

“I’m extremely grateful for the 21 seasons of support from everybody in the greater Sag Harbor area,” he said. “I’ve made friendships I never would have had, and I met my wife here, had two kids, and my sister met her husband at the restaurant. It’s been a great run, and I’m extremely grateful for the support over the years.”

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One of the East Ends nicest, most upstanding gentleman. Hope Ken gets a new place soon!!!!!!
By roydaleo (2), Westhampton Beach on Mar 14, 18 2:41 PM
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this is just WRONG. The landlord doesn't have to negotiate in good faith? I mean comeon? This stinks. Plain and simple.
By PineNeck Dio (10), Southampton on Mar 14, 18 2:43 PM
La Superica is a great place and Im sorry to see it go, but that entire building should be bulldozed and a small park put in it's place. Then we could have a place to sit and watch the horrendous summertime traffic jams and hand gestures.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Mar 14, 18 2:52 PM
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Superica will be missed by many. The season closing parties where the place was filled with sand are legendary. Thank you Supercia for many yummy meals and fun times!
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Mar 14, 18 3:47 PM
Shouldn’t we try to do something to save Supes???? Petition the landlords????? I am at a loss for words.
By jhand6847@aol.com (12), East Hampton on Mar 14, 18 4:44 PM
You would be hard pressed to find a better guy and restaurant owner on the east end. This is sad news for sure...
By blbandit (21), Southampton on Mar 14, 18 5:50 PM
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Another loss to Sag Harbor and what’s next to fall to endless money,good luck Ken.
By taxpayer1 (72), Southampton on Mar 14, 18 9:23 PM
All good things...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 14, 18 9:51 PM
All good things ....as in Sag Harbor itself. Because that's what is happening. Sag Harbor has become another victim of greed and is slowly losing it's very distinct charm.
And Ken.....such a great guy....
Supe's will be missed !!!!
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Mar 15, 18 9:24 AM
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Superica does well in that space because of its history. A new restaurant or retailer will languish on that island. What ridiculous rent is the landlord asking?
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Mar 15, 18 10:11 AM
You will be sorely missed. Please find another space !
By DOH (1), Southampton on Mar 15, 18 11:22 AM
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Hey, I know! Let's replace it with YET ANOTHER PLACE that charges $22 for a Caesar salad and $17 for a margarita. UGH.
By Tay (35), Hampton Bays on Mar 15, 18 11:41 AM
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Literally cried!
Sadly we are loosing all the great places for young adults to patronize that are affordable and great!
By dawn22 (6), Southampton on Mar 15, 18 11:42 AM
Hey,Tay.....I don't recall seeing a Caesar salad for $22. on the menu, perhaps it contained shrimp...? Shrimp is expensive. Have you seen the price of avocados ? I never paid $17 for a perfect.....Here is my question, did you read the article ? The cost to run a business is ridiculous when the landlord is greedy. Supe's, like Conca Doro was one of the last few reasonably priced establishments. Don't get me started on the greedy rental situation out here. Again Sag Harbor will go the way of East ...more
Mar 15, 18 1:45 PM appended by Sturgis
To purple75 ( and Tay..) if that's the case.... ooops. My apologies.
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Mar 15, 18 1:45 PM
I believe Tay is referring to a possible replacement, not Superica itself.
By purple75 (3), Sag Harbor on Mar 15, 18 3:31 PM
Exactly. We LOVE to eat out but the prices out East are getting ridiculous. Superica was always on our list for the reasonable prices.
By Tay (35), Hampton Bays on Mar 22, 18 11:26 AM
The family that owns the building also owns Sing City.
There will be a sit down Chinese restaurant in place of Superica. We have know this for many years.
By patriot50 (42), sag harbor on Mar 15, 18 2:48 PM
Dim sum would be the bomb!
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Mar 16, 18 12:22 PM
An Olive Garden or IHOP would be nice
By Pacman (273), Southampton on Mar 15, 18 4:23 PM
Bring back the Black Buoy, the Sandbar, Sal&Joe's, Whaler Burger, the Paradise, Eddie Ryder's, Dr. Races, the Seaside, and Mrs. Alippos.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Mar 16, 18 12:19 PM
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Greedy landlords driving out another long term local business. I bet they'll be a different restaurant in this space every few years going forward.
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Mar 16, 18 8:22 PM
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I’m sure if Ken found a new location, his f ollowers would, well, follow. I’d follow him anywhere for a perfect marg...

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Mar 17, 18 5:39 PM
Please come open up in Hampton Bays. There are several already existing restaurants that are "move in" ready.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Mar 18, 18 8:41 PM
This place had “followers”? Go buy real Mexican food and save your money. It couldn’t compete with Sabrosa and other places that have opened.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Mar 20, 18 6:33 AM
That gringo tacos are not authentic does not mean they are not delicious.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 20, 18 6:37 AM
CPF funds for restaurants? Oh boy. Not sure you've thought that one through. What do politics have to do with Superica?
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Mar 20, 18 11:50 AM
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I was no fan of the "cuisine" at Superica but Sabrosa is straight up dog food
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Mar 20, 18 2:17 PM
With all due respect this had zero to do with competition. Ken was forced out.
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Mar 20, 18 2:42 PM
While it's truly a shame that another locally owned business is folding, the owner of the property in question has the right to raise the rental price.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 20, 18 2:59 PM
Mr. O'Donnell didn't say the rent was raised. He said they couldn't reach a deal with Double Star. Perhaps they just want the space for something else? Maybe Espresso wants to expand? They own it and can use it as they please.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Mar 21, 18 12:53 AM
L a Crap a rica
By Local247 (39), Southampton on Mar 21, 18 12:31 PM
With all due respect Mr. Timer what do you think the "deal" was about. Of course the owners can "do what they please" ...But I think you're missing the point. And Local....was it 5 star Mexican cuisine ? Maybe not. But it was decent and fairly affordable. The place had a fun vibe. Many people worked there through high school and even after. Ken is an awesome boss and even better person. I get it that things change, but this was a case of , "if it isn't broke".....
By Sturgis (611), Southampton on Mar 22, 18 5:14 PM
You can read in the local paper a few more details. Double Star seems to have other plans for the space and Mr. O'Donnell said rent was never discussed. It was a good spot and it had a good run but what all of us think doesn't matter. As a long time resident of Sag Harbor, I can say that the family who owns the building has worked just as hard as Mr. O'Donnell and they have earned the right (through ownership of the building) to make a change. Was he forced out? Sounds like it. That is a difficult ...more
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Mar 25, 18 10:52 PM