Clinton Street Baking Co., Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, and Pianos All Approved by CB3

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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Community Board 3 decided to split the SLA subcommittee agenda into a two-night extravaganza. Without the alcohol. The panel approved much of what came their way. Here are some notes:

Clinton Street Baking Co., 2-4 Clinton Street

Word first circulated back in April that the Clinton Street Baking Co. was expanding its footprint with plans of overtaking the old Min’s Market space. With two stores to its name, the plan is to reconfigure the dining situation. As we first reported, the current space will be dedicated to takeout and coffee, with some limited seating options. Sit-down service will jump over to 2 Clinton Street.

Despite residing in a saturated area, the only real concern from CB3 here was the queue crowding outside the establishment. You know, those are popular pancakes. To that end, co-owner Neil Kleinberg promised that the larger dining space, coupled with bench sidewalk seating at the corner of Clinton and East Houston, will help alleviate the wait situation.

Kleinberg noted that “we waited thirteen years” for this cornershop to become free. The application for full liquor was approved.

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, 192 Orchard Street

Co-founder Alan Natkiel appeared before the board to upgrade his beer-only license to include full liquor. The establishment – allegedly the second oldest restaurant on the block – has been at 192 Orchard Street since summer of 2007. His justification for the OP application was a sharp decline in business, blamed solely on the never-ending construction in his midst. The plan is to offer frozen drinks and a bourbon menu to go with the cuisine. Natkiel stated that there is “no time or space” for any of the fancy mix drinks.

When Natkiel first appeared before the board seven years ago, he promised not to return for any upgrades. He didn’t think he’d be back, but the conditions on the ground made business difficult. The board thought it important to reward small business owners beloved by neighbors, and ultimately voted in favor of the liquor upgrade.

Pianos, 158 Ludlow Street

The live performance venue was up for a liquor license renewal. Its problems are myriad, yet mainly related to noise and queuing outside the establishment. Neighbors constantly complain about the clogged sidewalks and ability to hear the sound system down the block. But they’re “trying” to remedy the situation. Susan Stetzer admitted that the NYPD has been working with the bar to improve sidewalk management, and that the applicant seems to do best only when the police are on his back.

Ariel Palitz suggested incorporating a strict smokers policy by the door, regulating the number allowed at any given time. With regard to noise, the panel asked the applicant to investigate better sound baffling techniques.

The CB3 saber rattling was moot; they approved the OP renewal. Stipulations include trying the “smoke pen” idea, investigate better sound baffling, and to better monitor sidewalk crowding with security personnel.

Taverna Di Bocco, 175 Ludlow Street

This Italian restaurant opened in Hell Square exactly three years ago, and now seeks an upgrade to full liquor. The establishment sits beside the likeminded, if not equally respected, Tre. There was pretty much no opposition to this applicant, despite the location within a saturated area.

In the end, it was the 64 signatures of support culled from the immediate vicinity that helped sway the board. After all, that is seemingly public testament of so-called community benefit. Upgrade approved.

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