Notes from CB3: Williamsburg Pizza Approved, Despite Bathroom Situation; Tre Extends Hours

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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Last night was a momentous occasion. The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 only discussed eight new applicants seeking booze approval. Certainly a rarity these days. Let’s dive into the details.

Williamsburg Pizza, 277 Broome Street

Holding down the corner of Allen and Broome Streets the last two years, Williamsburg Pizza was on the docket for beer-wine privileges. Even though this type of license is usually a rubber-stamp job, it was still a unique scenario.

The panel mentioned the fact that the pizza parlor did not have a public-facing bathroom for its customers. Ownership admitted as much. Serving alcohol requires this, and their bid was almost sunk, but the team agreed to make its employees-only bathroom available via Allen Street doorway. CB3 approved the proposal with stipulations that it stop serving beer and wine at 2am on the weekends, when the establishment is open until 5am (it closes at 2am during the week). It’ll also hire a security guard for late-nights.

Since the establishment is less than 200 feet from the Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue, it’ll never be able to upgrade to full liquor.

Tre, 173 Ludlow Street

This local favorite appeared before the committee for an alteration to extend its current hours to 2am closing all days. Simple as that. Otherwise, Tre will continue operating as is. Without a single complaint since opening in 2006, and with the endorsement of the LES Dwellers, the principals walked away with a unanimous approval.

The John Lamb, 119 Orchard Street

As previously reported, principal Joseph Valentine inked a lease over the summer, and is applying to open and run both the restaurant and roof terrace operation of the Orchard Street hotel. His bid for a full liquor license is for “The John Lamb” – formerly in the running for 119 Essex – an entity that, in the last year, has appeared and withdrawn at least a half-dozen times. The concept is a seasonal farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on New York and sources from an upstate farm.

But before he could get into it, the panel forced Valentine to table the application until next month on a technicality. Basically, the application as submitted was for both the restaurant operation and the hotel license in general. Feeling that the applicant was not qualified to answer broader questions about the hotel in general (e.g. soundproofing or structural changes on the terrace), he was advised to withdraw and inform owner Shimon Avadi that he must return to CB3.

Ultimately, however, the fight for this establishment is gonna come down to the terrace operation. The LES Dwellers, likely in tandem with the residents of 124 Allen Street, are opposed to all drinking in the unenclosed terrace space. It’s too close to the adjacent apartments. Expect a fight next month.

Rooftop 93, 93 Bowery

There was confusion aplenty over this endeavor, as Rooftop 93 (in some form) has been in operation on the 18th floor of the Wyndham Garden Hotel since summertime. Even though its principal maintained that Elevate – the food and beverage supplier for the hotel – was behind the business. The board was quick to point out that, either way, it wasn’t operating in compliance with its stated method of operation (i.e. an events space).

Nevertheless, the hotel divested from and is subcontracting this space to this operator to run a 25-person lounge. Food is supplied by Elevate. No alcohol consumption was requested in the application for the terrace; the principal noted that the outdoor space was for “taking pictures,” etc. Hours are 5pm to 12am during the week and 2am on weekends.

CB3 approved.

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