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Toomey's Tavern concerts to play on

Reggie DeFilippo, owner of Toomey's Tavern in Amityville,

Reggie DeFilippo, owner of Toomey's Tavern in Amityville, sits on the deck of the business on April 19, 2014. Amityville Village trustees approved a yearlong renewal of the establishment's cabaret license. Credit: Steve Pfost

Amityville waterfront bar Toomey's Tavern will continue its weekend summer concerts after trustees approved a yearlong renewal of its cabaret license.

The license is required for any business that both sells food or drink and provides entertainment, including music.

Complaints about noise and parking from some of the bar's South Ketcham Avenue neighbors had thrown the approval into doubt earlier this month.

"We have been working very hard on this issue," said bar owner Reggie DiFillippo at Monday night's Village Board meeting. "We are trying to be peaceful and make everybody happy."

Trustees approved renewal by a 5-0 vote but attached stipulations covering street and lot parking, staffing and event timing, all meant to minimize the impact of jam band concerts on nearby homes.

The stipulations ban parking along portions of South Ketcham Avenue, the main road on a spit of land bordered by canals, and mandate that Toomey's keep at least 80 parking lot spots available for its guests, some in its own lot and some at nearby marinas.

Toomey's employees must monitor parking and docking in the canal behind the bar.

Some neighbors earlier this year likened the summer of concerts to a never-ending block party with obnoxious guests.

But Toomey's seemed to have at least as many supporters as detractors in the neighborhood, a mix of well-kept homes and gritty marine businesses.

"It's summertime, the music is nice," said Frank Chichester, who lives nearby. "I think it's coming along great."


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