Toby’s Public House Opens on Kenmare
Just shy of a year in the making, Toby’s Public House finally opened to the…err…public, despite plenty of vocal outcry from Little Italy residents. Indeed, during the whole build-out term, neighborhood locals were anything but silent regarding their NIMBY opposition. Umpteen appearances by Toby’s at Community Board 2 licensing meetings resulted in harsh words, lots of backlash, and ultimately, denials from the committee.
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And as of yesterday’s less-than-epic opening, the Brooklyn-based eatery has yet to secure its liquor license. So all menu offerings are available sans libations. Owner Christine Iu tells Grub St that so-called “mocktails” temporarily replace booze, and that plans are currently underway for “after-school happy hour” for neighborhood parents and nannies. Umm, okay…