When Andrew Sasson, the owner of the Jet East nightclub in Southampton, allegedly chauffeured his ex-girlfriend, publicist Lizzie Grubman, from the bloody mess she’d made at Conscience Point to his Bridgehampton house on July 7, he gave his competitors just the opening they needed. Sasson may have made Jet East the most lucrative nightclub in the Hamptons since it opened in 1997, but his strong-arm business tactics have made him decidedly unpopular around town. Burke–a powerful Southampton lawyer whose father is tight with Governor Pataki–was Mr. In the week following the incident at Conscience Point (where the31-year-old Brit is also a consultant), a feud between Mr. Sasson’s lawyer when he settled a case with the town of Southampton last August regarding residents’ complaints about the noise and traffic at Jet East. Grubman separated from her husband of about two years, lawyer Eric Gotoff. Sasson, who’s known for his explosive temper and underhanded dealings. Sasson countered, adding that his goal is to earn profits, not a high social standing. I feel bad for Andrew that this whole thing happened. If he was convicted of a felony, [taking away his liquor license] would be mandatory.” He added, “I can’t imagine him being convicted of a felony for that.” Though Mr. Sasson “a pain in the ass,” is by no means grateful for this excuse to bash him, he’s not holding back his feelings about Mr. And that’s perhaps the smallest of the perceived slights. Grubman broke up over a year ago but have remained close friends and business associates: Ms. “He’s upped the ante and changed the game and is not playing by the rules,” said Mr. “[Owning a nightclub] is not a hobby, it’s my trade.” Such dedication to his métier might explain a story that Mr. On July 11, he said, he ran into two of his promoters at the opening party for the restaurant Man Ray in Manhattan. Sasson wouldn’t let them work for Tavern on Saturday nights and keep their Friday-night gig at Jet East. But local nightclub fixtures–including John Flanagan, an owner of the Tavern nightclub in Southampton; David Sarner and Michael Ault, who are opening Cabana in Southampton this weekend; and Rocco Ancarola, who owns Rocco’s a la Playa in Sag Harbor–have no desire to defend Mr. Grubman refuge until her lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., and the police arrived about two hours after the 2 a.m.
Siegal say their first conversation about merging took place in January, when, it seems, Ms. “I was very nervous about the subject matter,” said Ms. “I just thought, it’s just going to make people uncomfortable, to watch it, right-“ “And, of course, I think the complete reverse,” said Ms. Siegal herself, abandoned his publicity gig for the more reliable consulting business. Grubman, whose initial client list has not suffered from the fact that her father is music attorney Allen Grubman. Grubman’s list has grown to include personalities such as Ms. Ancarola, pointing out that all of the other local club owners have stopped by his restaurant for dinner or drinks since he opened. Sasson hasn’t stopped by once, breaking an unofficial code of ethics. The next day, a building inspector hit Tavern with a stop-work order and refused to grant it a permit to open the Friday of Memorial Day weekend–a blow-out night that typically rakes in huge profits during the short summer season–because the club had not gotten the correct permit to alter the building. as his lawyer for a case with the buildings department, which is ongoing. It’s been the biggest thorn in our side.” According to Mr. Sasson often stopped by to check out renovations to the former Chinese restaurant. He feels threatened by the fact that when we open, he’s going to lose some of his customers, who would rather go to a mellow lounge,” said Mr. “My motivation is to check out the competition,” said Mr. “If it’s just a restaurant and lounge, I was misinformed by other people that it was generated to be a nightclub. “He seems to work overtime on other people’s businesses rather than focusing on his own,” said Mr. “He’s the type of guy who will look you in the eye and say it wasn’t him, and after you shake him down a bit, he’ll say it was him.” “The thing that nightclub owners in the Hamptons don’t like about Andrew is that he’s not a supportive guy,” said Mr. Sasson was that he tipped off the town’s building department to the fact that Tavern didn’t have the right permits for minor renovations in May. Sasson stopped by Tavern to check out the improvements, which included a cement window box in front. As a result, he said, “People are assuming that we’re trying to be a nightclub and we’re totally not. Sasson admitted to having had a meeting with the Southampton town attorney, David Gilmartin Jr., in May to complain that Jet East, which is located in a residential area, was under heavier scrutiny than clubs like Tavern and Cabana, which are in a commercial area on Route 27–essentially raising a red flag on the other night spots. Sasson and a band of Hamptons nightclub owners has come to light. Southampton residents have been asking the town to purchase and shut down Conscience Point, as well as rallying the planning board to reject Jet East’s renovation plans at a Town Hall meeting on July 19.