In response to a recent outpouring of negative comments made about the facade of his three-year-old Hampton Bays eatery, Squiretown Restaurant owner Charles Bishop said he is working with the landlord of the building to make some positive changes.
"It is defiantly a sore spot for us," Bishop said of the facade. "because we have a lot of good intentions to remodel the outside, but like any business at this time, money is not allowing us to do it."
"We may not have an extra-large pile of money, but we are staying open and paying our bills and keeping people happy," said Bishop.
Bishop also said that as a tenant, there is only so much he can do to clean up the building.
"The front of the building is quite old and it's not in the best of shape. It is not a matter of going out one Saturday and painting it. There is wood siding and some old shingles underneath. It is a major engineering and construction project," he said.
However, the good news Bishop said is that with the help of some members of the new group, his landlord has opened his ears.
"They and I have been in contact with the landlord to negotiate a deal to get the front of the building repaired," said Bishiop. "I give a lot of credit to the Concerned Citizens."
Currently, Bishop, who says he tries his best to keep the outside of the building looking clean and tidy by sweeping daily and adding fresh flowers to the flower boxes, is looking into estimates for necessary repairs.
"I hope this turns out to be a success story. We need more people to put pressure on landlords," he said.
The comments about the restaurant's facade were made during a recent in which residents stood to log community issues that they feel need to be addressed. One of those issues was the state of Main Street.
Comments about Squiretown ran the gamut with residents saying the food is great, but the building is in shambles.
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