By LIZ BUTTON
Irish pub and restaurant Mickey Spillane’s received approval from the Eastchester Planning Board to add an enclosed glass rooftop bar and open-air, outdoor dining area to its second floor to create a new, more versatile version of the popular downtown hangout.
Mickey’s owner Stephen Carty, who also owns the Irish-themed dining spot’s three sister restaurants including Molly Spillane’s on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck, Maggie Spillane’s in Fleetwood and Nelly Spillane’s in Manhattan, said an outdoor dining area open seven days a week year-round will help quell the drop-off in business that usually occurs at Mickey’s during the summer months, when people prefer to be outdoors.
“The customer today wants that and we want to provide it,” Carty said.
The new set-up will facilitate a social, fun atmosphere in which people can sit outside and have a beverage and hang out with their kids, he said.
The renovations to the second floor, which will add an enclosed 30-by-30-foot glassed-in seating area—or pergola—and an open outdoor patio in the rear, began this week and will take about three to four months to complete, Carty said. Mickey’s patrons’ use of the finished area as a recreational space will not have any adverse impact on surrounding neighbors’ properties, which are mainly non-residential, Carty added. There is no music or amplification system planned for the spot, and the planning board has already vetted potential noise levels.
“I think it is a real enhancement and a benefit to the town,” Planning Board member Robert Pulaski said.
The proposal, approved at the March 27 meeting, calls for expanding the 1,353-square-foot second floor, formerly the restaurant’s room for special functions, to about 1,500 square-feet.
The open-air roof garden will be available to diners in temperate, mild weather conditions so people have the option to eat outside in a landscaped, fenced-in environment that is both attractive and safe, while the glassed-in pergola will be open year-round.
Plans for the building at 429 White Plains Road, which has been home to Mickey’s for the last seven years, were endorsed by the town’s Architectural Review Board at its Jan. 2 meeting.
The plan, developed by Yonkers-based firm Tom F. Abillama Architecture and Planning, was originally submitted to the Planning Department board in November 2013. At its last meeting on Jan. 23, Planning Board members raised some final concerns about potential noise that could possibly emanate from equipment like exhaust fans.
Architect Tom Abillama explained noise would not be an issue for diners.
“If you add the 71 decibels of the rooftop to the 58 decibels of the exhaust fan you end up having an additional three to four decibels over what exists right now,” he said.
Pulaski said he was satisfied after Abillama’s review that the applicants addressed any potential issues.
In adding outdoor dining space, Mickey’s, the restaurant chain’s flagship location, will be catching up to Molly Spillane’s successful back patio set-up and Maggie Spillane’s, which has its own lengthy rooftop area.