White Slab Palace, 77 Delancey Street, shortly after being temporarily closed by the NYPD earlier this year.
There’s plenty to look forward to/dread on Community Board 3’s January liquor license docket. Among the intriguing items: an application from a mystery operator at 77 Delancey, the shuttered “White Slab Palace” space. After repeated clashes with the 7th Precinct, the place called it quits (at least temporarily) this past fall.
Other interesting items: Grit ‘n Glory, the new coffee shop at 186 Orchard wants to sell wine and beer; Frank Prisinzano wants a full liquor license at “Sauce”; Le Lupanar (also on the NYPD’s hit list) will try for a full liquor license; an operator at 136-138 Division Street (where Bacaro is currently located) is seeking a full bar.
We’ll have more to come on many of the January applications. In the meantime check out the full rundown on CB3’s web site. The SLA Committee meets January 9th at 6:30 p.m.
The New York Post reports drunk driving arrests in the 7th Precinct have almost tripled this year. As of March 27th, officers had busted 65 people for DWI, compared with 23 in the first quarter of 2010. No other precinct had more arrests than the 7th.
The Post says “The arrests reflect a 12 percent increase in licensed establishments serving liquor in the neighborhood in the first three months of this year.” There are 359 liquor licenses within the 7th, the second smallest precinct in the city. The arrests were confined to the area below Houston Street. The 9th Precinct covers the East Village.
“The precinct has created a new Cabaret Unit, with cops assigned to patrol the bar-crowded area between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” the story noted. We reported on the return of the cabaret unit in December.
Later today, we’ll have a detailed report on Community Board 3’s decision last night regarding the automatic transfer of liquor licenses from one operator to another. Last week, at the urging of bar owners serving on the board, a CB3 committee decided to make the longstanding practice official policy. But in the course of yesterday’s dramatic meeting that decision was reversed.
Some committee members said they felt intimidated and/or confused during last week’s contentious meeting laying out the new policies and had decided to change their votes during the full board session.
Two members, Ariel Palitz and Meghan Joye (both bar owners) chose not to vote, after they were told they could face “conflict of interest” complaints if they weighed in on the controversial matter.
In the end, CB3 approved sweeping new policies affecting every aspect of the liquor license approval process. More later.
A restaurant is planned for 185 Orchard, below the Thompson LES Hotel.
Here’s an early look at some of the bars and restaurants going before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee in September. For the complete list, visit CB3’s web site.
Just out from Community Board 3: June’s agenda, including the list of bars/restaurants seeking liquor licenses next month. There are some curious/interesting entries, including…
- Spitzer’s Corner (101 Rivington), frequently cited for underage liquor sales, is asking to transfer its full bar license. It’s not clear to us whether a new owner is entering the picture, or whether this is just a new concept from the current operators (stay tuned).
- Les Enfants Terribles (37 Canal) wants to expand into the adjoining space, 6 Ludlow.
- An unnamed operator is looking for a full liquor license at 112 Stanton (near Ludlow).
There was an interesting exchange at last night's Community Board 3 meeting concerning the elimination of the NYPD's specialized "quality of life teams." Sometimes referred to as "cabaret units," they focused on enforcement of laws at clubs, bars and restaurants. Late last year, the Police commissioner ordered some precincts to disband the teams, saying ""the reassignment of some of these specialized units has allowed more
police officers and supervisors to be deployed for patrol purposes and
has "allowed greater focus on quality-of-life issues." Last night, District Manager Susan Stetzer said she's hearing from club owners who believe disbanding the specialized groups was a mistake — that the officers now responding to problems at bars and clubs are less knowledegeable. CB3 member David Mcwater strongly objected to the notion that the cabaret units were helpful. He asserted that they abused their powers, calling their raids on various establishments "political torture in the neighborhood." McWater, former CB3 chairman and a current member of the committee that evaluates liquor licenses, owns several bars.
Community Board 3 is out with its June meeting agenda. As usual, it looks like the SLA Licensing Committee will have its hands full when it meets June 15th. Among the restaurants and bars on the agenda:
- Grand Park, 365 Grand Street. Jesse Hartman, having withdrawn his application last month due to concerns about the use of an outdoor space, will go before the committee with more specific plans for an enclosed patio. You'll recall, opposition from some residents of the Seward Park Co-op derailed his original application, in spite of the fact that he had supportive signatures from well over 100 neighbors.
- 55 Delancey Cafe, 55 Delancey. New wine license.
- Kuta, 65 Rivington. New outdoor space.
- 179 Ludlow LLC. Full liquor license.
- Sushi Hana, 111 Rivington. Wine license.
- Bia, 154 Orchard. Full liquor license.
- Falai, 68 Clinton. Upgrade to full liquor license.
- Falai Panetterie, 79 Clinton. Upgrade to full liquor license.
- Grotto, 100B Forsyth. Alterations, upgrade to full liquor license.
- Allen & Delancey, 115 Allen. Extending hours.
- Red Velvet (Nick's Empanadas). Transfer full liquor license.
We'll have more on many of these restaurants before the meeting on the 15th.