Breaking: State Liquor Authority Denies 106 Rivington License
A few moments ago the State Liquor Authority denied a full liquor license for 106 Rivington, a proposed Latin themed restaurant. SLA commissioners agreed to approve a beer and wine license if an application is submitted. The applicants indicated they would seek a beer/wine permit
A full report coming up.
UPDATED 5:20 p.m. Both supporters and opponents showed up in force at today’s SLA hearing. The commissioners heard testimony on both sides before going into executive session and then voting. SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen said he sympathized with the applicants, and said their contention that the neighborhood needs more Latino restaurants has merit. He called Rivington Street west of Essex one of the most over-saturated (in terms of liquor licenses) in the whole city, “perhaps the world.” Rosen concluded that the applicants did not make a sufficient case that the “public benefit” the restaurant would provide “trumpted the 500 foot law,” which is triggered anytime there are already three full liquor licenses close to a proposed licensed establishment. More to come tomorrow morning…