Plandome Road mainstay Publicans officially reopens

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The iconic Manhasset bar Publicans has reopened after spending 2019 closed. (Photo by Rose Weldon)

A Plandome Road staple has returned with a bang.

Publicans, the iconic Manhasset bar, has reopened its doors for the first time in over a year.

New management had placed a handwritten note in the window of the bar in September, which read: “Closed for light renovations. Stay tuned for exciting news, opening in [less than] one month. See you soon!”

Upon obtaining its liquor license from the state, it has officially opened.

Publicans, which has stood on Plandome Road since its opening in 1977, received widespread recognition in Pulitzer Prize-winner J.R. Moehringer’s memoir “The Tender Bar.” At the time of the book’s publication in 2005, it had been rechristened as Edison’s, but three years ago, the bar returned to its original name.

In 2017, its new owners reimagined and renovated Publicans as a gastropub, creating a new menu and including new beers on tap, but that iteration closed late in 2018.

The newly open bar received a positive review from Newsday food critic Corin Hirsch, who wrote that it had been instilled with “a vibe that still feels deeply local.” Hirsch also remarked that despite its renovation, the bar had seemed to “somewhat return to its roots.”

A request for comment from Richard Cammarata, one of the bar’s new owners and a Manhasset resident, was not immediately returned.

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