Former Surf Lodge Owners Are Suing King & Grove

Kamali: unhappy customer.

The real-estate investors who owned the five-year-old Surf Lodge hotel in Montauk are suing the King & Grove group, which managed the property, for $4.8 million. The Real Deal reports the lawsuit was filed yesterday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. The Edgemere Group (which includes Steve Kamali, pictured here) says that it hired King & Grove to run the show, but instead, the hotel group drained the Surf Lodge’s cash flow and opened a competitor, Ruschmeyer’s, across Fort Pond. The hotel, nightclub, and a restaurant property opened in 2007 with Top Chef’s Sam Talbot in the kitchen. The "bittersweet" chef left earlier this year, shortly before it was announced that the property had been sold. [TRD, Earlier]