Toby’s Public House Closes Shop on Kenmare; Possible Charlie Bird Takeover Underway

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Three years after its uphill struggle to install a location at 86 Kenmare, Toby’s Public House is kaput. The upscale pizzeria shuttered within the last couple weeks and the establishment is totally empty. But there is already interest from another suitor; an upscale newcomer to the SoHo scene.

Looking at the Community Board 2 agenda for this month, one Elmer Kennedy LLC is listed as applicant for a full liquor license. The business address of this corporate entity traces back to the nearly-two-year-old Charlie Bird over at 5 King Street.

However, no word just yet on whether 86 Kenmare will be a second location for the brand. Our multiple requests for comment from both Toby’s and Charlie Bird went unanswered.

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Meanwhile, Elmer Kennedy might meet stiff resistance, given the recent history at this address.

When Toby’s Public House first announced its expansion plans for 86 Kenmare, locals weren’t too pleased. At the time – way back in 2011 – the argument had been an over-saturartion of liquor licenses in Little Italy and a lack of commuity outreach.

There were Umpteen appearances by Toby’s at Community Board 2 licensing meetings to obtain a full OP, resulting in harsh words, lots of backlash, and denials.

Expect fireworks tomorrow night when Kennedy appears before the advisory committee.

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