Ken & Cook Introduces Neon and Awning on Kenmare

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 am by

For the last couple months, the troubled 19 Kenmare Street has been buzzing with activity in preparation for the new Travertine replacement, Ken & Cook. First came the exterior makeover with its new black sheen and fresh pinstriped awning, the latter of which touts “raw bar, restaurant, cafe.” And as of this past weekend, a small red neon housing just above the entrance. The nightlife transition is nearly complete.

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Grub St reported last month that the new restaurant venture was initially scheduled for an end-of-March opening that did not pan out. Once it does launch, however, there will be 65 seats, outdoor dining, and a basement lounge called Lil Charlie’s (an homage to the former Charlie’s Clam Bar at this location). Recipe for noise, indeed.

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Ken & Cook is the brainchild of Artan Gjoni, former general manager of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen. The upscaling of Kenmare continues, despite the curse bestowed by Kenmare and Travertine.

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