After the news circulated this morning that the Charlie Bird team appeared to be eying a space at 86 Street recently home to Toby's House, sommelier Robert Bohr confirms that he and partners Grant Reynolds and chef Ryan Hardy do have a new restaurant in the works there. It doesn't have a name yet, though the LLC they're applying for a liquor license under – Elmer Kennedy – is named after the grandparents of Bohr and Hardy respectively.
Hardy has hired chef Tim Caspare, an alum of Quince and Cotogna in San Francisco, and a former executive sous chef at Eleven Madison Park to work under him as chef de cuisine. They promise the menu will make good of the wood-fired oven already installed in the space, and that both the menu and the wine list will be smaller than the ones at Charlie Bird. That being said, this is still a wine-oriented restaurant – it will have just two beers on tap (a far cry from its predecessor) and the team is not sure yet whether they'll also serve cocktails. The space, which is being designed by the same firm that did Charlie Bird (Leroy Street Studio) will have around 50 seats, and just like Charlie Bird, will have windows that open onto the street. The restaurant will open at lunch, and stay open straight through dinner.
Name and opening date are still tbd, so stay tuned.