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Tropically-inspired chain Tommy Bahama is still hard at work on opening its inaugural New York City flagship on Fifth Avenue, and now word comes that they're going to open big—with not only a retail store, but also with a restaurant and bar. This vacation-esque "lifestyle" concept will take up two levels of the historical Fred F. French building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 45th Stree. Out of the 90-plus Tommy Bahamas located around the country (not all in malls, mind you), only 13 of them feature this food and beverage component.
When the midtown Tommy Bahama opens next fall, the Hawaiian shorts and beachy-clothing might not be the major draw. Apparently, the brand is also well-known for its monster rum collection and mixed tropical cocktails. Even better—along with its own happy hour dubbed Island Time, this outpost will have not one, but two drinking spots: the Marlin Bar on the ground floor and the Dining Room Bar upstairs. Yes, we're sensing a vacation-themed Drunk Shopping in the near future.
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