Old Princess Diner In New Hands

Stephen J. Kotz
The old Princess Diner on Montauk Highway in Water Mill is being taken over by the former owners of East Hampton’s Bay Kitchen Bar and turned into the Silver Lining Diner, set to open this June.

Marc and Eric Miller, who previously owned Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton, have announced they are moving to a new home: the former Princess Diner in Water Mill.

“Everyone knows the iconic diner at the turn of Route 27,” the pair captioned a Facebook post of the building just east of the end of County Road 39 and Flying Point Road. “And everyone’s been waiting for its return.”

They said the hope is by early June, the all-day Silver Lining Diner will be up and running.

The announcement comes months after the owner of the Princess Diner, Richard Bivona, was sentenced in December to six months in jail for failing to pay 23 employees a collective $132,011 in wages. Workers were seen gutting the building at the beginning of April, sparking curiosity about what the plans were for the property’s future. The Millers’ Facebook announcement was met with support and enthusiasm, with posters saying they were excited at the prospect of the old establishment being reopened.

“So exciting!” said Jocelyn Shorin Lyss. “I worked there midnight-7 in 1978. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. I’m sure it will be spectacular! Best wishes with your newest creation.”

The post told future patrons to look out for “upscale diner” cuisine with a “gorgeous new look.”

“There’s even a dog run, so you can stop on your way to your East End home or back to the city,” the Millers said. “We can’t wait to see you at Silver Lining, and we wish you an amazing summer, with us as a part of it.”

Debbie Stapon Doyle called the dog run a “fantastic idea.”

Many commenters said they were sad to see Bay Kitchen Bar, which is on Gann Road at Three Mile Harbor, go. The former owners thanked fans for all their support.

“For an amazing six summers, it’s been our privilege and honor to share our sunsets and great cuisine with you,” they said. “We thank you for your kindness, laughter, and for being a part of our family. We’ve loved every minute of it!”

The pair announced they’ll continue catering events through Food & Co. and Hampton Clambake.

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