Monday, April 18, 2016
[45-47 Avenue B]
CB3's SLA committee meeting is tonight 6:30 in the CB3 office, 59 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery.
To date, we've look at several applicants:
• 98 Favor Taste, 37 St. Mark's Place
• Unnamed pizzeria, Avenue C and Eighth Street
• Vietnamese restaurant, 119 St. Mark's Place
• Desi Galli, 172 Avenue B
And one applicant we looked at is no longer on the agenda. The owners of the Brazen Fox had plans to open another bar-restaurant directly across the street from their current two-level bar-restaurant on Third Avenue and East 13th Street.
We do not know why they are a scratch from the meeting. In any event, this would be a tough sell... a full liquor license with a sidewalk cafe for a space (Gothic Cabinet Craft shop) that was not previously licensed within a saturated area... from applicants who already operate a successful space right across the street. Not sure what the public benefit is here.
And there was neighbor opposition to the application as well... based on the flyers on the block...
Meanwhile, here's a quick look at some of the other East Village applicants on tonight's meeting agenda...
Applications within Saturated Areas
• Fish Market Inc, 45 Ave B (wb)
A venture called Lamia's Fish Market is in the works for the long vacant storefront at 45 Avenue B between East Second Street and East Third Street. The questionnaire (PDF) on file for public viewing at the CB3 website shows a restaurant with 40 tables seating 160 people. The proposed hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Monday though Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Lamia Funti is the name of the applicant. Media outlets have identified her as the co-owner of Le Souk on La Guardia Place along with her husband Marcus Jacobs. He was reportedly an owner of Le Souk at 47 Avenue B... Le Souk was a years-long thorn in the side of neighbors, as widely reported here ... and here ... and here ... and here. In October 2009, the State Liquor Authority cancelled Le Souk's liquor license. (Read the SLA release here.)
The committee voted to deny the application. The Lo-Down has the details about the operators here.
• Baker's Pizza (Baker's Pizza LLC), 201 Ave A (wb)
The pizzeria that opened back in February between East 12th Street and East 13th Street is seeking a beer-wine license.
Sidewalk Cafe Application
• Lionsbeerstore (Beer Factory LLC), 104 2nd Ave
• Biang (Wen Zi Inc), 157 2nd Ave
The previous tenant at this address, Alder, had an eight-table, 16-seat sidewalk cafe.
New Liquor License Applications
• AGN Restaurant LLC, 166 1st Ave (op)
This is the former North River/Nite Owl space near East 10th Street. The owners of the Belfry on East 14th Street are looking to open a bar-restaurant here serving American comfort food, according to the questionnaire (PDF) on file at the CB3 website.
The proposed hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
• Proto's Pizza (Fifty East LLC), 50 2nd Ave (wb)
Items not heard at Committee
• Virgola (Virgola 3 LLC), 221 Ave B (wb)
They were denied at the February meeting ... this will be the second Virgola location in the East Village.
• Dumpling Go (Dumpling 2 Avenue Inc), 188 2nd Ave (wb)
The restaurant has been closed for the past week. Looks like a renovation, though there aren't any signs for customers.