Tonight, two weeks and a day after the deadly explosion on 2nd Avenue that destroyed Pommes Frites and forced the shutter of numerous businesses, Jimmy Carbone is reopening his bar and longtime food world hangout Jimmy's No. 43. While Carbone needed to wait for his gas to be turned back on and sign-offs from city agencies like the DOH and the department of buildings (both of which gave their final sign off this afternoon), he told Leonard Lopate last week that he was grateful for the electricity remaining on. It saved the kegs of beer he keeps stored at the bar, some of which he'll serve tonight.
The menu options will be abbreviated while Carbone gets things back up and running, but he promises favorites like beef sliders, shishito peppers, cheese plates, and fries will all be available. Carbone is still selling gift certificates to the bar, as he did during Hurricane Sandy, to help rebuild the capitol lost over the shutter. For those planning to go tonight or this weekend, know that wifi and the phone are still offline, which means it's cash only.
Meanwhile, there's now a fundraiser going on to help save old school lunch counter B & H around the corner, which will hopefully reopen in the coming few days. And, this weekend, the annual Taste of 7th Street, will help support local businesses and raise money for victims of the blast.
The fire stopped at Jimmy's front door.