CB3′s October Agenda: Dans Le Noir Nixed?

Community Board 3 has posted its October meeting agenda, including an unusually short list of applicants seeking liquor licenses. But, as usual, there are some interesting items warranting further investigation.  Here’s one entry that caught our eye: “Mama Juana Cafe,” applying for a full liquor license at 107 Norfolk Street (pictured). This is the building that used to house Tonic, the popular music club. In August, you may recall, CB3’s SLA Committee signaled its support for another restaurant at this location — blind dining concept franchise “Dans Le Noir.” At the time, the applicants suggested they had not finalized a lease at 107 Norfolk. 

CB3 Approves “Dining in the Dark” & More

Community Board 3’s SLA Committee meeting was a relatively tame affair last night.  Memo to bar owners:  August is a great time to get your liquor license application past CB3. The biggest topic of conversation in the cheap seats was EV Grieve’s totally hilarious and “spot on” Community Board/SLA Drinking Game.  For the record, at least one applicant did in fact proclaim, “dear old mom from the Old Country will be the chef.”

Dans Le Noir Brings Dining in the Dark to the LES

The former home of "Tonic" on Norfolk. Image via jeffersonblue's Flickr photostream.

Earlier today, we posted some of the highlights from next month’s CB3/SLA Committee agenda. Eater picked up one of the restaurants mentioned — Dans Le Noir.  The Euro chainlet had planned to go into a space on East 21st. Street, but Eater says opposition from the community has now prompted them to head downtown.