During the April CB3/SLA meeting, the owners of graffiti and homeless hotspot Caffe Buon Gusto on Avenue B at Fifth Street were no shows... aside from a beer and wine license within a resolution area, they were also on the docket for a sidewalk cafe. But! Later, the architect representing the eatery for just for the sidewalk cafe arrived... though he couldn't very well make a pitch for a sidewalk cafe when they don't even have a liquor license yet. Plus, the Board said that they had instructed the owner to be present.
Got all that?
OK. The Gusto crew was back on the docket for Monday night's meeting... and, well, cue the circus music... EV Grieve reader Ryan on Avenue A provided the recap:
[T]he guys applying for the sidewalk cafe for a non-existent business were hilarious. Having a business license and applying for a liquor license under different names, NOT actually having a business, and then being surprised when they wouldn't give them a sidewalk license. Hilarious. Best was when the "personal representative" of Buon Gusto's owner (hey nice ascot by the way!) said he missed his son's chorus concert to be there, so he was rightfully indignant that CB3 wouldn't hear him out.
So, meanwhile, the space sits, being used to collect some tags...
...and provide some comfort for those in need of rest...
Will we see The Gusto Crew back next month? Will a restaurant ever open here?