Whynot Cafe on Orchard Street Headed to SLA for Full Liquor License

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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Back in October, Community Board 3 asked Whynot Coffee to withdraw until the next month to reduce the application from liquor to wine and beer. Owner Emil Stefkov did, in fact, return but had no intention of giving up on the OP (just going through the motions). There’s no way 50% of the business would be derived simply from art sales alone, as previously claimed. So, a couple days before the November subcommittee meeting, the applicant went straight to the State Liquor Authority … for the full liquor.

Stepkov, who operates another Whynot post in the West Village, plans to pair wine and specialty cocktails alongside the cafe fare (i.e. pastries). Yet even the pared-down wine license request was denied by CB3. The motion is indicative of how opposed the community is toward this location.

With an application now at the State level, Stepkov will need to prove “public benefit” of an additional license (in a previously unlicensed store) in the saturated area of Hell Square.

And with the warm weather that arrived this past Sunday, here’s a prelude of the potential noise come springtime. Its floor-to-ceiling accordion-door facade completely open.

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