Community Board 3 signaled its support tonight of the Clinton Street restaurant "Falai's" application to upgrade to a full liquor license. Earlier this month, the CB3 committee that evaluates liquor licenses deadlocked on the Falai application. In spite of the fact that there's a moratorium on new licenses in the area, some board members argued an exception should be made in this case because the restaurant is "world renowned" and it has been a good neighbor. The committee chair, Alexandra Militano, argued vigorously against the approval. She said Clinton Street is overcrowded and overwhelmed largely due to "successful" businesses like Falai. Unlike most other restaurants on the block, however, Falai is only able to serve wine. Representatives of the restaurant have argued that, in a tough economy, they need the additional revenue a full liquor license would provide. The application now goes to the State Liquor Authority.
There was lots of other news at tonight's Community Board meeting, including the re-election of Dominic Pisciotta as chairman and the announcement that funds have been approved to give Luther Gulick Park a much needed facelift. More details tomorrow.