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Oct 22, 2019 4:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Silver’s Restaurant In Southampton Closes Its Doors After 96 Years

Silver's restaurant closes after 96 years in business, the art in the building is currently for sale. RACHEL VALDESPINO
Oct 23, 2019 11:19 AM


After nearly a century of service, Silver’s restaurant on Main Street in Southampton Village has closed its doors.

“After 96 years in business — of which I’ve personally been involved for 57 years, of running a successful and gratifying business — I thank all our friends and patrons for good will, and our success,” said owner Garrett Wellins.

The luncheonette space has gone through its fair share of changes, starting off as a cigar shop, then transitioning into a clothing store, and finally progressing into the restaurant the village patronized for the past five decades.

Silver’s first opened in 1923, in its first iteration as a cigar shop, and was run by Max and Mollie Silver — the original location is next door, where Southampton Cheese Shoppe is today.

In 1955, Garrett’s father, Daniel Wellins, bought the restaurant from his maternal grandparents. The Wellinses were tailors in Southampton, and Silver’s was turned into a clothing shop after falling on hard times.

Silver’s transitioned into a restaurant in 1966 and moved into its current location in the 1970s.

After 57 years in the family business, Garrett Wellins planned to retire in September 2018 and put the business up for sale. His son, Ryan Wellins, planned to take over the luncheonette after the threat of the business’s leaving the family became imminent. He ultimately decided that he did not want to take over the restaurant business, and Garrett Wellins decided to sell it, which he has successfully done. The new tenants, whom he didn’t identify, will be moving in this December.

Silver’s stopped serving lunch earlier this month. Artwork that has been on display in the restaurant throughout its long life is currently for sale. Those interested can stop by the restaurant and take a look, while they last.

The collection includes oil paintings, Russian samovars, and a variety of books.

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All the best Chief! Bon voyage!
By Taltos (3), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 8:32 AM
Headline: "Silver’s Restaurant In Southampton Closes Its Doors After 96 Years"

Not sure why such a broad brush was necessary . . . nor why so many factual details had to be crammed into this brief article about the various fine businesses in different locations?

Perhaps the editors could link the earlier articles above, so that all the nuanced details could be available in one place?

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Southampton-Village-Surrounding-Areas/568557/After-95-Years-Silvers-Restaurant-May-Be-Changing-Out-Of-Family-Hands
http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Southampton-Village-Surrounding-Areas/571780/Silvers-Restaurant-Is-Going-To-Stay-In-The-Family-After-All

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By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 12:52 PM
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A loss for the village. Garrett and company will be missed. Thank you for the memories.
By rouff11 (10), water mill on Oct 23, 19 1:02 PM
Dear PBR, Thank you for remembering my father
By Bibro123 (1), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 1:04 PM
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Will miss seeing the store on Main St
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 4:55 PM
Silvers was always a treat.

Good Luck, Garrett.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 5:30 PM
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Silver's was a wonderful place to have a special lunch and will be missed. I thought that Garrett's son was going to take over. Thank you for the delicious memories : )
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 6:11 PM
Best of luck Garrett for a long happy healthy retirement. You sure deserve it.
By harbor man (47), sag harbor on Oct 23, 19 6:34 PM
How much was the lobster roll in 1932?
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Oct 24, 19 8:16 AM
The reality is I never liked the idea of paying dinner prices for a lunch. It was just too damn expensive. One can only go for a high priced “special” lunch so many times. I wish everyone well but they dug their own ditch
By Stolzr (11), Bridgehampton on Oct 24, 19 8:41 AM
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i guess you did not read the article - Garrett Wellins decided to sell it, which he has successfully done. The new tenants, whom he didn’t identify, will be moving in this December.

Its sold so it seems theres not digging or ditch !
By chefhart (2), East Hampton on Oct 26, 19 9:27 AM
Soreheads should lighten up. Not healthy to carry around that bad karma
By Bigbro123 (3), Southampton on Oct 24, 19 9:58 AM
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By the way Stolzr, The article indicated the business was sold. They did not go out of business.
By Bigbro123 (3), Southampton on Oct 24, 19 11:48 AM
Stolzr no Fake News need here please. Silvers was and still is a successful business. Garrett made a decision to retire. Because he had the option which I doubt you ever have.
I was in Paris in a restaurant one day and I overheard people talking about Silver's in Southampton. I guess that was an accident it wasn't because Silver's was successful. Right? Do something make something and stop talking.
By Taltos (3), Southampton on Oct 26, 19 10:34 AM
Silvers was a great restaurant. Garrett is a groovin cat with a great reputation.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Oct 26, 19 10:56 AM
Well you won’t be hearing about it in Paris anymore
By Stolzr (11), Bridgehampton on Oct 26, 19 4:27 PM
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By Bibro123 (1), Southampton on Oct 26, 19 5:30 PM
PS to 10/23 post --

I seem to recall that Dan Wellins attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, or a similarly prestigious culinary school in America.

"Quality" [as in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"]

Well done.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 27, 19 9:11 AM
I’m still pondering that question.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Oct 27, 19 9:25 AM
So sad! It was the best food. A one-of-a-kind restaurant. I'm now worried about what will replace it...
By ArabellaNYC (1), Watermill on Oct 28, 19 11:58 AM
Don’t worry Arabella, I hear it’s going to be a well-established year round restaurant with a Great track record
By Bigbro123 (3), Southampton on Oct 28, 19 12:24 PM
DOPO WILL OPEN THERE
By Local247 (39), Southampton on Oct 30, 19 9:03 AM