Monday, December 11, 2017

[Updated] Applicants looking to bring live jazz to the former East Village Tavern

There's a proposal to open a bar featuring live jazz in the former East Village Tavern space on Avenue C and 10th Street.

The applicants are applying for a new liquor license for a venture called the Snow Leopard, according to the questionnaire on file (PDF here) ahead of tonight's CB3-SLA committee meeting.

The Snow Leopard "will have live jazz to accompany their service" with a cover fee for certain acts, per the questionnaire. The menu posted with the materials at the CB3 website features "Italian Style Tapas" (A cheese plate, a dried meat plate, etc.)

Paperwork shows a configuration of seven tables (38 total seats) plus a 13-seat bar along with proposed hours of 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The principal in the venture is a former pharmaceutical sales rep who doesn't appear to have any history of running/owning a bar/club. A partner in the venture is a jazz drummer/booking agent, according to the résumé with the application.

East Village Tavern closed in November 2016 after eight years in business. Bar management blamed a disagreement with landlord Steve Croman for the closure. (A Croman rep reportedly said that the owners were behind on rent.)

Back in the spring, the operators of a Miami-based restaurant called the Irish Times Pub and Eatery looked at opening an outpost here. Those plans never materialized.

The December CB3-SLA committee meeting is tonight at 6:30 at the Perseverance House Community Room, 535 E. Fifth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Updated 8:30 p.m.

According to attendees at tonight's meeting, the committee issued a denial for this application. Consensus was that it's not the right building for a jazz club.


Anonymous said...

Yes the proprietor was out soliciting signatures for liquor license. The last owner was careless. Hopefully CB3 will do what they are supposed to do best. A CB3

Anonymous said...

Live jazz is always welcome though I doubt the current neighborhood will show much support.

Anonymous said...

@8:10am not sure about that....RueB at 12th & B has been a pretty good neighbor and been home to a thriving jazz scene for years.

Anonymous said...

There is a a jazz club across the street. If they want to do a jazz club they should purchase the assets from an existing bar. I'm also skeptical about their soundproofing and crowd control which usually goes out the window once they are in. If you are a CB member or resident in this building or surrounding buildings I strongly suggest you attend the CB meeting.

chris flash said...

Warning to potential renters:

DON'T RENT FROM STEVE CROMAN -- He will screw you over next!!

Shawn G. Chittle said...

no no no!

Shawn G. Chittle said...

denied at CB3 (as it should be)

Eden Bee said...

I will play there for ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

Anonymous said...

I'm also skeptical about their soundproofing and crowd control which usually goes out the window once they are in. If you are a CB member or resident of a surrounding building I strongly suggest you attend CB meetings.

Anonymous said...

It's a sad day when the EV won't open its arms to a new, musician-run jazz club. Come on, this is a good thing and their paperwork and soundproofing plan looks all in order. Let them come.

Anonymous said...

I mean, why not a hip hop club? Why jazz?