Charlie Bird Chef Outlines Plans for New Kenmare Street Outpost
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With Toby’s Public House on Kenmare Street now dust in the wind, Charlie Bird is swooping in for the take. As previously reported, elements of the popular West Village restaurant are opening a 52-seat satellite location here.
Much of the menu will mirror the OG, broken down by similar catgories – raw bar, small plates, vegetables, and large plates. But there’s an exception; pizza. So it’ll presumably make good use of those leftover wood-fired ovens.
Team Charlie Bird (i.e. star chef Ryan Hardy) originally sought a full liquor license for 86 Kenmare back in May, but were forced to settle on wine-beer. Community Board 2 approved the measure this week, but not without plenty of opposition from residents of the building. The deal was sweetened when the restaurateurs compromised to include expensive soundproofing, a promise to no construction on the weekends, and moving the closing time of the restaurant to 11 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays and midnight every other day.
How long before liquor is sought and it’s turned into another after-hours joint?