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  1. #1
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    LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    LeNell's is a small, idiosyncratic (and bourbon-friendly) liquor store in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. The proprietor, Tonya LeNell Smothers, used to be an active participant on this site and still has many friends here.

    She is closing at her present location next Friday, 2/20, and does not have a new spot. She is actively looking for one and promises to reopen, but she can't predict when that will be.

    There is more on my blog, here.

    And on her web site, here.

    Oh, and she also raises chickens, in Brooklyn, so says The New York Times.

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Although I have never dealt with LeNell, I know what a great store she has and what a fantastic range of Bourbon she has there. Sad news for the people of Brooklyn......

    Good luck with finding somewhere LeNell, I hope everything works out for you!

    Scott
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Sad to hear this. I was planning on visiting there this spring. I understand that LeNell is quite a character. I wish her the best of luck and hope she's back up and running soon.

    Cheers!

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of tasting my first glass of Red Hook Rye. It was tasty, I hope LeNell finds a new home soon.

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Has to be a tough business environment for a small unique liquor shop .... tough times for small business....
    Last edited by cigarnv; 02-13-2009 at 15:17.
    "The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedVette View Post
    Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of tasting my first glass of Red Hook Rye. It was tasty, I hope LeNell finds a new home soon.
    I only recently tried LeNell's Red Hook Rye at a friends bar here in Brisbane. It was truly sublime! Just goes to show people all over the world know about her....
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    I wanted to see the store on my trip to New York, but sadly ran out of time. I truely hope she finds a new location soon.

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Please please please please reopen in Nassau County.
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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    Australia needs a store like LeNell's! The weather is great down here LeNell....


    I went to the bar today I mentioned earlier and after my Mint Julep I had some Red Hook Rye....LeNell wherever you end up, just keep up the great work!

    Scott
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

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    Re: LeNell's is closing, next Friday.

    I remember LeNell from when she had a solid presence in this forum. What a wonderful person! I miss her. I wish her well in whatever her circumstances lead her to. Knowing her, I am pretty sure she will make it so.

    Tim
    Self-Styled Whisky Connoisseur

 

 

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