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July 25, 2013

Complaints lodged against Castaways

Concerns raised about use of fire pit, closing hours

SEABROOK — Town Manager Bill Manzi is investigating allegations that a beach restaurant is in violation of its operating conditions, as well as town regulations, and will report his findings to the Board of Selectmen during an upcoming meeting.

Theresa Kyle, a Portsmouth Avenue resident, told selectmen recently that her “right to the quiet enjoyment of her property” is being violated repeatedly by the actions of the owners of the Castaways Seafood and Grille, located at 209 Ocean Blvd., which is close to Kyle’s property.

Kyle told selectmen she’s bothered by the noise from the restaurant, especially the sound of loud music. She also claimed that the restaurant, although approved for operating hours up to 11 p.m., is often open until 1 a.m.

It isn’t the first time town officials, as well as Beach Village District officials, have heard complaints about Castaways, a 285-seat seasonal restaurant on the shores of Seabrook Harbor. Complaints about noise, parking, operating hours and activities have risen at times since the establishment opened in 2009, according to town and Seabrook Beach Village District officials.

The only business license available at Seabrook Town Hall, dated May 16, 2011, lists John Dussi of Boxford and Theodore Mountzuris of Byfield as owners.

In an interview yesterday, Dussi said claims that the restaurant is open until 1 a.m. are erroneous. The restaurant is open to patrons from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., he said, although employees may linger longer while they clean up and close for the night.

“Our kitchen closes at 10 (p.m.) and we take orders till then,” Dussi said. “Sometimes, in the summer, people come in late — say around 9:30 or 10, and order a meal. It’s prepared and served and they need time to eat it. But we aren’t open till 1 (a.m.).”

As far as loud, live music bothering neighbors, Dussi said, he’s already agreed to keep the performance of music inside the restaurant and not continue to allow it on the outside deck. Although Dussi confirmed the restaurant has offered live music, it was never “amplified,” but merely acoustic.

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