Tomatillo, David Starkey’s popular Mexican restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, has reopened after a small electrical fire in the building knocked out power and forced closure for nearly 4 ½ months. Con Ed required the apartment building to redo all of the electrical meters and move all gas meters. Tenants in 36 apartments were forced to move out, and their apartments remain inhabitable today. While electrical power for the six stores was restored within weeks, Tomatillo needed gas for cooking, so it had to remain closed. In the meantime, the restaurant was forced to upgrade all plumbing for gas and water. Finally, Con Ed restored power at the end of November, and the restaurant reopened on December 7, though the apartments are still without gas and will likely remain vacant until late spring of 2018.
Tomatillo has added new items to the menu: most notable are the vegan nachos with roasted cauliflower and cashew-based cheese, plus a grilled fajita eggplant taco. In addition, Starkey has created new salads, a chicken taco and chicken bowl. Customers and fans will be happy to know that Tomatillo is back, better than ever, to serve rivertowns residents healthy, farm to table Mexican food that was sorely missed.