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Fire Island wine shop owner seeks support for bar

A Kismet wine store owner seeking to build a bar has the support of his neighbors, but that support only extends to him.

Jake Perdie, former manager of Jamesport Vineyards on the North Fork, wants to build a small wine bar in his Beach and Vine wine store on Pine Street, next to a 20-unit condo building, and is seeking the appropriate zoning change and special permits.

Perdie said at an Islip Town Board meeting last week that the bar would be limited to “flights, tastings, and glasses of wine and beer only,” with an emphasis on “providing education about the growth of our local wine industry and craft beers.” Since the store is only 200 square feet, the bar will have 25 seats outside, with table service and no live music, Perdie said. Cheese, dried meats and olives would be the only food served.

A handful of condo residents and neighbors voiced reserved enthusiasm but also some concerns about future use of the special permit, which allows for a bar, tavern or nightclub.

“This is not against Jake. He’s a very nice neighbor and a nice kid,” said resident Don Baker. “We’re just afraid of this change to business.”

Others said once the zoning change is in place, a true nightclub could open in the future.

“We’re interested in seeing him [Perdie] succeed and try to help him get what he wants and get what the community wants,” said Kismet resident Sam Wood. “It just seems to me there’s got to be a plan B for some kind of temporary special permit.”

Board chairman John Schettino said he was concerned about the outdoor nature of the bar given its proximity to the condos, and wondered if customers also would be standing in the bar. “Could you fit 100 people back there?” Schettino asked.

“I don’t think you could fit 100,” Perdie said, and noted he intended only table service.

The planning board, citing concerns that not all residents received notice of the meeting, adjourned the hearing to take additional comments.

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