Wednesday, May 2, 2012

[Updated] There's now a (sort of) secret beer bar behind Jane's Sweet Buns

Last October, Jane's Sweet Buns went before the CB3/SLA for a wine and beer license to pair with its desserts (the alcohol, not the license). Apparently the bakery that opened last July on St. Mark's Place in the former De La Vega Museum space is putting the license to good use.

According to an UrbanDaddy report this afternoon, Jane's back now includes a new 10-seat bar called Proletariat ... "a tiny enclave of hard-to-find brews from the Death + Company guys, now tucked innocently behind Jane’s Sweet Buns."

Per UrbanDaddy, "you’re going to walk in, give a wink and a nod, and just glide on through the door to the right of the counter" to access Proletariat.

Several readers quickly noted that there was a lot of CB3 debate over this application... Someone else pointed us to CB3's final verdict:

VOTE: To deny the application for a beer wine license for DeRossi Chelsea LLC, doing business as Jane's Sweet Buns, for the premise located at 102 St. Marks Place, unless the applicant agrees before the SLA to make as conditions of its license the following signed notarized stipulation that 1) it will operate as a bakery and pastry shop, serving food during all hours of operation, 2) it will stop serving beer and wine at 12:00 A.M. Sundays through Thursdays and 2:00 A.M. Fridays and Saturdays, 3) it will play ambient background music only, consisting of recorded music. Community Board 3 is approving this beer wine application although this is a location in an area with numerous licensed premises because 1) this applicant and its employees have a significant collective experience in baking, 2) the approval of a beer wine license would give the applicant parity with adjacent licensed establishments, and 3) at less than four hundred (400) square feet in size, this location could not be detrimental to the community.


Brian Van said...

Well, if it's a speakeasy operating during limited hours, it should have no problem being imperceptible to the neighbors, right?

Keep in mind, many Manhattan backyards are effectively junkyards for the building owners, attracting rats and other vermin. A little daytime chatter between the buildings is the lesser of many evils.

Anonymous said...

The then applicant, Jane's Sweet Buns caused another tirade by David McWater.

Some residents from the neighborhood actually came to oppose this application stating that there was enough space at this location for this to become another wine bar. As this was a new application in a resolution area, residents asked what was the public benefit to another desert shop? McWater humiliated the residents. After all it's his town, his town. He looks out for business entrepreneurs like those of Death & Company and Cienfuegos and more, many many more.

The residents reappeared at the full board meeting where the decision to grant Janes Sweet Buns a license was almost overturned. Joyce Ravitz mocked the vote to approve this.
David Conn a CB3 SLA Committee member was also pulling for Jane's Sweet Buns. He thought that their idea was brilliant.

It's not clear if Jane's will have to appear before CB3 again to seek approval for addition of the bar. Let's hope so?

What a joke!

Anonymous said...

The SLA Committee is dominated by people who have their hands in the pockets of real estate investors and the NY Nightlife Association. The rest of the members are weak and submissive.
There is actually this one committee member who got up at a SPURA meeting and cried about how she lived on the LES now, but was going to be forced out because she couldn't afford the rent. This person has a real attitude, is dumb and votes in favor of liquor licenses even though long time residents oppose them, they she treats residents who are on her side like shit, so go figure. It's the ignorance factor.

Long time residents come out and oppose these licenses all the time and committee members who cry about the changes in the neighborhood, go against them, it's unbelievable. They don't see the connection between the licenses and the real estate market. So this is the Committee. People who are aggressive in destroying the neighborhood and ignorant persons.

abrod said...

Proletariat is a great name for a bar that will doubtlessly serve $20 cocktails to rich people.