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More Bar News: Aces & Eights, 179 Ludlow, An Choi

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The former home of Aces & Eights.

More from CB3’s SLA Committee meeting last night:

  • Jevan Damadian was unsuccessful in his quest for a new liquor license at 34 Avenue A, the former home of Aces & Eights. Earlier this month, he told The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom about his sad saga. Although community board members were sympathetic, they were not about to approve another liquor license in a location that has been “a disaster for the neighborhood.” CB3 member David McWater said he made an exception several years ago for Phil Hartman, who ran Mo Pitkins (a venue that celebrated local artists and musicians) — but had no intention of doing so again. Damadian’s lawyer signaled his determination to “go through the process” even though the proposal was doomed? Why?  It appears quite likely he’s setting the stage for one or more civil lawsuits to recoup the $600,000 his client has lost.
  • Residents and the owner of Diablo Royale, 167 Avenue A, clashed over noise complaints and other issues. EV Grieve has a good summary of the contentious debate.
  • CB3 rejected a request from the operators of “Asia,” a “high end Las Vegas” restaurant hoping to open at 179 Ludlow, one of the neighborhood’s more infamous stalled buildings. The owner is apparently trying to convert the boutique hotel project into an apartment building. Presumably, an approved liquor license would help him secure financing to finish the job. CB3 has turned down a few other requests from would-be operators of the ground-floor space in this building.
  • Tre, 173 Ludlow, won approval to serve wine in its backyard space.
  • Lina Frey, 201 East Houston, got the okay to upgrade its liquor license to full bar service.
  • An Choi, 85 Orchard, won support for its upgrade to full bar service (they’re also seeking expanded hours).

Additional details on last night’s meeting, via Eater.

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