The owner of the Water Mill Deli operated a nightclub and catering business out of his home in East Hampton, serving alcoholic drinks from a full restaurant-style bar and charging an entry fee, the East Hampton town attorney said Monday.
Luis H. Farez, 53, who also owns a house in Flanders, is to appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Sept. 12 for code violations related to operating a commercial business at the house on Muir Boulevard.
Town Attorney Michael Sendlenski said Monday that the certificate of occupancy for the house limited it to a single-family residence. Farez and LI-DJ, an entity also named in the violation, additionally were cited for overcrowded conditions.
Farez on Monday referred calls for comment to his attorney, Christian Killoran of Westhampton, but Killoran and the attorney for LI-DJ could not be reached.
Sendlenski said that when town authorities were called to the home by neighbors in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, they found more than 130 people dancing and drinking. Patrons paid a $30 entry fee, Sendlenski said, and $5 for beers. Security guards had been hired.
“Code enforcement was called because there were people parked on both sides of the street and blocking the road,” Sendlenski said. “There were so many cars there.” He added, “The entire basement had been cleared and was being run as a nightclub.”
A temporary restraining order was issued to stop the business from operating at the house, Sendlenski said.
Sendlenski said Farez advertised the club as “The Tunnel” on Facebook but, he noted, the postings have since been removed.
Though he said it was not known how long the club and catering businesses were allegedly operating out of the house, Sendlenski said: “We saw a couple of postings for May.”
A neighbor on the normally quiet, mostly residential tree-lined street who asked not to be named said on Monday that he had called police on Aug. 13 about the house.
He said blinding multi-colored strobe lights could be seen glaring from the house and that the “club” wouldn’t normally close until about 4 a.m., with cars at times blocking the vehicles of a nearby landscaping firm.
“Some of those people couldn’t get into their vehicles in the morning to get to work,” the neighbor said.