EMM Group Seeking Cabaret License to Legitimize ‘Finale’ on the Bowery

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 at 5:16 am by

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Finale, dancing through the decades without a cabaret license

EMM Group will again face its nemesis regarding their year-old mega-complex at 199 Bowery.

In just over two weeks, the well-heeled nightlife purveyors will try one more time to legitimize the questionably-legal back room club, Finale. EMM is listed on this month’s docket for the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3; this time, however, the Lower East Packers are applying for a cabaret license to allow for patron dancing. Which currently happens without state permission.

You’ll recall that Mark Birnbaum and company – “Bakers Dozen Associates” – initially secured the liquor license with strict stipulations that did not mention a ground-level club (printed on the license itself); only that The General would serve food all hours in the restaurant and basement, include ambient music, and that dancing not be allowed on the main level. Obviously in breach, EMM then tried to legitimize the club last year but was denied

Of course, their current application goes against the recent SLA move to revoke EMM’s liquor license from 199 Bowery. That state action was prompted by neighbors – most of whom residing in the building –  who are fed-up with the constant noise and nuisance. And there’s a bit of conspiracy on that front. The disciplinary hearing on the matter was originally scheduled for December 20, but was postponed by Bakers Dozen until January 22. Coincidence? Probably not. Cabaret licenses are greenlit by the Department of Consumer Affairs, so EMM is likely trying to cover its ass before the SLA hears the case.

Meanwhile, below is one of the pertinent charges, amongst many…

That on 4/25/13, the licensee violated section 111 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the terms of its alcoholic beverage license, in that the licensee extended or transferred the license to an unlicensed part of the building containing the licensed premises without the permission of the State Liquor Authority first obtained.

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SLA charges against EMM Group for its Bowery nightclub

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