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Notes from CB3: Basketball City & Quality Meats Downtown Approved
Posted on: August 9th, 2011 by Elie
Approvals were in the air at last night’s relatively lax Community Board 3 SLA meeting. Of the sixteen applicants, six canceled ahead of time or were no-shows. But most people turned out for the heavyweight contenders – Preserve 24, Basketball City, and Quality Meats Downtown.
Even though CB3 approved their application for a full liquor license at 175-177 East Houston back in April, the crew behind Preserve 24 returned to secure blessings for live music events in the basement. Ownership asked for the alteration to host “occasional acoustic Jazz” performances, and claimed, despite concerns about noise here, that this would in no way contribute to the problem. That the necessary precautions would be taken to dampen any audio leakage, as it were. Community members (i.e. building resident, and Mark Russ Federman) voiced fears over whether the backyard would be used commercially, and were told to the contrary. The board voted to deny because the business isn’t up and running, and they haven’t established any operating methods yet.
As expected, the application for the new sports complex at Pier 36 drew the most passionate arguments. Ark Restaurants, which operates fast food catering across the country, reassured the board and public that their plan for a second-mezzanine watering hole was strictly an amenity. One that would only cater to those who were playing ball as a casual environment (300 person occupancy, 29 tables). Residents and spokespeople from the nearby tenants’ associations came out to voice opinions against the private establishment that is Basketball City, and how a full operating license would negatively impact the area. Drunk driving and other traffic concerns were brought up. Ark representatives noted that the small bar-restaurant would only be open in tandem with the larger facility itself. The board voted to approve.
Quality Meats Downtown
The folks behind the Stillman presentation were polished pros and won over the board almost immediately with their confidence and restaurant pedigree. This second location of the Quality Meats brand was billed as a more “affordable” version. The ground level is slated to host dining with an accompanying bakery-slash-cafe up front; total occupancy of 340 heads. Plans for the basement include a lounge with DJ music (surprise), with enough space for 60 people. They boldly promised no noise issues and a licensed security guard seven days a week.
CB3 took the opportunity to throw some jabs at the previous tenants – Crash Mansion and BLVD/Soiree – and lauded the Stillman camp as being “refreshing.” After the committee drool session, they voted unanimously to approve the full liquor license.
Mediterranean joint Antibes Bistro at 112 Suffolk received approval for their alteration upgrade, thanks in part to the show of support from the neighborhood.
Peels at 325 Bowery was approved for their alteration.
St. Mark’s Red House at 126 St. Mark’s Place was denied for transfer. Point of note was when the principal owner said, “what’s one more [drinking establishment] if there’s already 39.”
Asian Chef Express was approved for wine and beer at 96 Third Avenue
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