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New caterer sought for Crab Meadow Golf Course

Town officials voted in November to terminate a contract early with a Huntington restaurant owner and chef to run the snack bar and banquet room.

The exterior of the banquet room and snack

The exterior of the banquet room and snack bar at Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport on Saturday. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Huntington is seeking a new operator for the snack bar and banquet room at the Crab Meadow Golf Course after cutting ties with the previous contractor.

The town opened up the bid process Thursday with a posted request for proposals to handle the 143-capacity banquet room for catered events as well as the daily snack bar service at the town-owned golf course in Northport.

In March 2017, the contract had been awarded to Gelucci Brands LLC, which is registered to Mark Gelish, the owner and executive chef of Mac's Steakhouse in Huntington who is also the head of the catering operation at the Huntington Yacht Club.

Gelish's five-year contract paid the town $220,000 to lease and operate a restaurant and snack bar at Crab Meadow through the end of 2021.

In November, the Huntington Town Board voted unanimously 5-0 to terminate the contract with Gelucci Brands LLC. "The Town Attorney says both parties determined that it was in their best interest to terminate the contract," said town spokeswoman Lauren Lembo in an email statement. The town attorney was finalizing the details of the termination agreement, she added.

Gelish did not immediately return calls for comment.

The contract with Gelish itself replaced a contract with Kissimmee, Florida-based Integrity Golf, after the town rescinded its contract in 2016.

The winning bid will enter a three-year contract, with the potential for renewal for another five years. The request for proposals also asked that the bidders be prepared to open as soon as possible: "it is the desire of the Town that the facility be fully operational Spring 2019, to serve the golfing public."

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