The restaurant owner who petitioned the Larchmont Village Board on May 10 to close Larchmont Avenue for a summer event has withdrawn that request, said Larchmont Mayor Josh Mandell at a May 17 work session. Instead, said the mayor, the owner will be collaborating with the Larchmont Chamber on projects that would involve more businesses and earlier planning.
At its May 10 public meeting, the board got into a heated exchange with Polly Kreisman, publisher of the Loop, who along with Melissa Perez, an owner of Tequila Sunrise, wanted to close off all or part of Larchmont Avenue on the evening of June 3 for a music and food celebration.
When the board tabled the request to allow for consultation with the police over safety and supervision issues, Ms. Kreisman accused Larchmont Village of having less community spirit than Mamaroneck Village, where three street closing events are planned for this summer.
Mamaroneck Shares Will Close Avenue on Three Summer Thursdays
Since then, Mayor Mandell said he learned that the Village of Mamaroneck had many months to plan for their street closing events in the business district, which will occur on June 24, July 29 and August 19. Mamaroneck Avenue will be turned into a pedestrian mall beginning at 7 pm on those Thursday dates, and retailers are being encouraged to stay open until 10. Spearheaded by Mike Hynes, owner of Molly Spillane’s Restaurant, the effort involves local businesses, residents and government and will raise funds for three charities.
In contrast, said Mayor Mandell, the Larchmont Avenue proposal involved only two restaurants (Tequila Sunrise and España, both owned by the Perez family). Profits from the event would have been split between the restaurants and Ms. Kreisman.
The Larchmont Chamber of Commerce board and Ms. Perez discussed with the mayor the possibility of planning a set number of events to be selected at the beginning of the year, perhaps by a newly forming Business District Improvement Committee that will include business owners and residents.
Ms. Perez said, “The mayor has been working really great with us to do something in the future where more merchants are involved and it benefits all the merchants in town. We’re trying to get the board more advance notice on events so all the details can get ironed out.”
Separate plans for a Bastille Day celebration that would close Gilder Street at Larchmont Avenue are up in the air, said Ms. Perez.