The Kenmare Receives Plywood Treatment

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 at 6:37 am by

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It had been a rocky nineteen months for Kenmare, the cool kid club and restaurant that opened in March 2010. A year into operations at 98 Kenmare, chef Joey Campanaro quit, and the establishment began to lose popularity with the “on-to-the-next-one” foodie crowd. Ultimately the shitshow shuttered in 2012.

Then last summer, word broke that Louis Ceruzzi bought out his former Kenmare partners and was planning an as-yet-unspecified new concept for the space. Well, seems those dreams are beginning to take shape. The long-weathered vestibule was recently removed, and the obligatory plywood shed now encases much of the storefront. DOB permits seem to spell a story of modifying the “existing restaurant kitchen, existing ceiling, and existing partitions.”

It’s also worth noting that all liquor licenses associated with the address are presently inactive.

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Meanwhile, this letter is still pasted to the front door:

We would like to thank all of our loyal Kenmare customers. As most of you know we are in the process of changing our dining concept; although we scaled down the menu while we are in the process of putting the new restaurant concept in place. We have been informed that our current menu is not extensive enough for us to operate the way we currently are. Although we have been serving food we have been advised not to operate until our new dining concept and full menu are in place. We are working diligently to finalize our new project. We look forward to seeing all of your familiar faces again when the new project is complete.

Warmest regards and Happy Holiday wishes from the KENMARE TEAM.

In the mean time, our owner will be fully devoting his time to his other venture “Electric Room,” 355 W. 16th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue. Loading ramp entrance, so feel free to drop by.

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