CB3 Votes to Deny Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Bar a Liquor License on Ludlow Street [Updated]
Mini Rex is now livin’ on a prayer. The proposed concept for 87 Ludlow Street was dealt a blow last night, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 telegraphed their denial, forcing the applicant to withdraw.
The “dry karaoke” concept (three rooms across two floors) has been gunning to take the reins from Leftfield for the last couple months. Owner-applicants Edouard Gave and Karin Elgai defined the public benefit as providing recovering addicts a place to hang out with friends who drink. But it doesn’t quite compute, with essentially two separate establishments under one roof. Half for alcohol, half without.
The LES Dwellers stood in opposition, noting that a half-dry bar is not in the public benefit of the community. The majority of the CB3 panel also appeared confused by the idea of segregating friends within a group who couldn’t order the same drinks.
In the end, CB3 was not fully convinced. Mini Rex withdrew.