After years of living above restaurants that blasted music at 2 a.m., filled the block with cigarette smoke, and ignored neighborhood complaints, the tenants at 86 Kenmare Street had serious cause for concern when their building's first floor commercial space was leased to the owners of Charlie Bird—a restaurant known for its mouthwatering menu, and the crowds that it brings.
Fortunately for all, restaurant owners Ryan Hardy, Robert Bohr, and Grant Reynolds came together with the tenants of 86 Kenmare Street to protect this quiet neighborhood. It was a privilege to appear before Community Board 2 with the tenants association. The Board worked late into the night as the tenants advocated tirelessly for their community, and the restaurant owners ultimately agreed to incorporate the neighborhood's needs into their plans. With the help of the Board, the association and the restaurant owners reached an agreement.
To mitigate the noise of happy diners, the restaurant has promised to close by 11 p.m. Sundays and Mondays and by midnight the rest of the week, and to install state of the art sound proofing.
With the cooperation of the new restaurant owners, it seems we can all look forward to a harmonious relationship between the Charlie Bird team and the neighborhood, and a great new place to eat.