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Liquor License Applicants Go Before CB3 Committee Tonight

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Tonight, the State Liquor Authoritiy subcommittee of Community Board 3 will consider this month’s applications from local bars and restaurants seeking new licenses, renewals and changes to their existing permits. Among the crowd: operators who want to open a gaming parlor (think interactive video games, not gambling) that serves alcohol, as well as the owners of the Grey Lady, who are looking to take over the old Interstate Food & Liquor space on Orchard Street. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rockwood Music Hall, 185 Orchard St. Click through for a roundup of tonight’s docket.

Here are some of the applicants:

For Play, 120 Orchard St.: Eating, drinking and playing games may be possible all in one spot. Applicant Willer Valerus is asking permission to take over Gallery Bar with a new spot serving Latin/Caribbean cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and a full bar. It may also feature a lounge for multiplayer gaming such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, as well as host events to market new games and products at the spacious gallery.

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Gallery Bar: maybe a new home for a gaming lounge. Photo by Jessica Mai

Schapiro’s, 120 Rivington St.: From the team who brought Antibes Bistro to the Lower East Side, this new restaurant and cocktail bar serving American-Jewish cuisine along with inventive cocktails, is seeking to extend service to its lower level by adding a second full bar.

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Schapiro’s is now open on Rivington Street. Photo by Jessica Mai

Via Tribunali, 122 Ludlow St.: The pizzeria is hoping to upgrade its beer and wine list to a full bar to serve classic Italian drinks.

Photo Courtesy of Via Tribunali.
Photo courtesy of Via Tribunali

Tiny Fork, 167 Orchard St.: Owner Rob Shamlian is back to tangle with subcommittee members again, after having his request for a second bar downstairs denied. The oyster bar and nightlife spot is seeking approval for a sidewalk cafe with nine tables, a maximum of 18 diners.

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Tiny Fork wants to serve liquor in a street cafe. Photo by Jessica Mai

Fool’s Gold, 145 E. Houston St.: The former White Rabbit bar and restaurant, between Forsyth and Eldridge, is currently in the works of obtaining a full liquor license, but in the meantime, Fool’s Gold serves as a coffee shop in the morning and offers food and beverages by noon. It seats about 50 people on its 10 tables and 18 more at its bar.

To be determined, 302 Broome St.: The spot was previously home to Happy Ending, a massage parlor transformed into bar and lounge, which is now closed. Oliver Stumm of Cafe Select, 212 Lafayette St., will be behind the new restaurant’s operations featuring twenty tables and two full bars for the bi-level space.

Norman’s Cay Group LLC, 74 Orchard St.:  Interstate Food & Liquor, a personal project of LES resident Andy Boose, closed early this spring. A deal to sell it shortly thereafter apparently fell through. The space, along Orchard Street’s bustling restaurant row, has now drawn interest from the team behind seafood joint Grey Lady. Partners Ryan Chadwick and Callum McLaughlin say in their application the new place will specialize in seafood. They are applying for a full bar permit for 18 tables and one L-shaped stand-up bar.

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