Amityville Village bar Toomey’s Tavern may be sold to a new owner.
Toomey’s owner Reggie DeFilippo said recently that he will decide in coming weeks on an offer from a group of prospective buyers, including Massapequa resident Carolyn Emmert.
“Am I considering it? Yes. Do I really want to? I’m not sure,” DeFilippo said. “I’m getting a little burnt out, and it might be time to move on. But my friends tell me, ‘You’ve won all the battles -- now you should be on cruise control.’ ”
DeFilippo took over the popular waterfront bar in 2011, a year before superstorm Sandy severely damaged it. The bar, now restored, attracts rock music fans across Long Island with popular afternoon and evening concerts during the summer.
Some homeowners in the South Bayview Avenue neighborhood shared by homes, marinas and bars complained of noise and the behavior of sometimes rowdy fans, jeopardizing the cabaret license DeFilippo needed for music at the venue, but complaints dropped off in recent years after he made changes to street and lot parking, staffing and event timing.
Village officials are now considering a request by Emmert to waive a monthlong advance notice period during which they can submit complaints or concerns to the New York State Liquor Authority. The authority will not consider a liquor license application from Emmert until the village waives that right or the 30 days expires, an authority spokesman said this week.
The agreement with the village covering parking and other issues would still be in force in the event of a sale, Mayor James Wandell said at a Village Board meeting Monday night.
Emmert did not respond to a request for comment.