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Cyril’s going out of business sale to feature memorabilia

A marlin will be among the items at

A marlin will be among the items at the upcoming yard sale at Cyril's Fish House in Amagansett, May 25, 2016. Cyril's landlord refused to let the business open this season due to numerous zoning violations. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

A going-out-of-business sale is scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cyril’s Fish House — a notorious, funky landmark Montauk eatery and bar that recently announced its closure.

“Basically everything will be for sale except the building,” said John Fairchild, a Springs resident who has worked at Cyril’s for the past eight years. He was at the Montauk Highway site on Wednesday afternoon preparing for the sale. “We’re expecting that it’ll be a zoo here. People want a piece of Montauk history.”

Up for sale will be fish taxidermies, fake flowers, tables with mosaic tops and neon ceiling lights that Fairchild said were made by Katherine Hepburn’s uncle. And there will be various paintings of the owner, Cyril Fitzsimons, as well as photographs of him with notables such as Keith Hernandez, a former star for the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals.

“A lot of people had a lot of fun here,” Fairchild, 64, said Wednesday as he looked over the piles of sale items. “What’s happening is really sad.”

He said Fitzsimons won’t attend the sale but will instead be in Anguilla, in the Caribbean, where he owns another bar.

“I want people here to remember him as a good person who gave to every charity around,” Fairchild said.

Earlier this month a jury of six East Hampton Town residents found Clan-Fritz Inc., the operators of Cyril’s, guilty of 45 of 47 misdemeanors relating to an illegal expansion, and John Powers, a Deer Park attorney who represents Fitzsimons, said his client found the town’s settlement offer too extreme.

The offer required that seating be limited to 26 interior and 36 exterior seats, and stipulated that no more than 150 people could be on the property at one time. All food and beverage consumption and service had to be in designated areas either within the building or within a limited patio area. Those changes and others were required to happen within 30 days.

Cyril’s, which opened in the 1980s, had been issued many violations over the years.

Fairchild said Cyril’s has to vacate the property by Monday.

“I don’t want to get political,” said Fairchild, who said his duties at the establishment were administrative. “It is what it is. We want to go out on a good note. Everything good comes to an end.”

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