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Cyril’s Auctions Away Souvenirs and Memories

Lots of memories were for sale at Cyril’s Fish House on the Napeague Strip last Saturday. Cyril’s, which had been there for a quarter-century, shut down last month because Cyril felt that the zoning restrictions demanded by the Town made it impossible for him to continue.

A guy named Jon Bloom was the top bidder from among 10 offers for the 12-foot-long stuffed marlin that was attached high up on the front of the bar, facing the street. He paid $1,500 for it and will display it inside his vacation home in Amagansett. Friends can visit it. And remember the fun everyone had at Cyril’s.

Two other stuffed fish, a tuna and a shark, were also sold, reportedly to a motel. Also going were Cyril’s sweatshirts, caps, menus, a framed seashell painting, a big Cyril’s Beer Tub sign, Cyril’s T-shirts and various other items. It was a sad time. Former employee John Fairchild handled the sale.

Cyril, who owns other property in East Hampton Town, was not there. He was in Anguilla, the Caribbean island where he owns another bar.

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