106 Rivington Will Fight SLA for Liquor License Tomorrow

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 at 6:18 am by


Local business owners behind the proposed Latin “restaurant” at 106 Rivington Street – Jose Orlando Rodriguez and Robert Payne – will have their day with the State Liquor Authority tomrrow morning (11 am). The applicants’ desire for on-premise liquor was narrowly thwarted by the full Community Board 3 back in October. A wine and beer license was instead recommended for the establishment.

Not content with the results, and reportedly backed by a powerful lobbyist (Capalino + Company) and SLA lawyer, the applicants hope to fully overturn the decision of the local advisory board. By the way, the 106 Rivington legal team describes the current state of Lower East Side nightlife as such:

The Premises is situated in a densely populated and heavily trafficked commercial strip, less than two blocks from the Williamsburg Bridge. Considering the Premises’ relative maximum occupancy, the issuance of a full liquor license will not negatively impact traffic patterns around the Premises. Notably, the Hotel On Rivington is a popular 21-story hotel with 107 guest rooms and is located directly across the street from the Premises. Not only does this hotel draw numerous guests from out of town but it is also popular with New Yorkers for its restaurant and separate lounge spaces. There are also numerous galleries, performance spaces and the 7.8 acre Sara Delano Roosevelt Park in addition to the bars and restaurants all within a few blocks of the Premises which draw many visitors.

The Applicant anticipates that its customers will primarily consist of people either residing in the neighborhood or who would otherwise be in the neighborhood to visit one of the many attractions. As such, the relatively small operation of the Premises, as compared to other area attractions, would not likely create additional traffic nor would it negatively impact the existing traffic patterns.

If this strikes a chord, and you oppose a liquor license for 106 Rivington Street, below is a template letter to Chairman Dennis Rosen. The LES Dwellers are collecting the missives ahead of the meeting:

January [date], 2013

Chairman Dennis Rosen
NY State Liquor Authority
317 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Dear Chairman Rosen,

As a resident, I support Lower East Dwellers concerns about the neighborhood and oppose a full liquor license and 4am closing time for the new proposed, unnamed 200 occupancy “restaurant/lounge” at 106 Rivington Street. The impact of another full liquor license with 4am closing will be devastating to an already suffering community.

[Add any personal stories/comment or Address any neighborhood concerns, issues, or hardships]:

Please do not overturn the ruling of Community Board 3 on this matter.


[Your signature]
[Your full name]
New York, NY 10002

Meanwhile, a concurrent petition gathered 72 signatures in support of saving the beloved old stoop from certain demolition.

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    WOW boweryboogie why dont you make it fair on both sides of those in favor with a letter to send to chairman Dennis Rosen? Whats funny here is you state you are a neutral site it dosen’t seem that way from what you rite! If you and your team the so called “dwellers” are so concerned about this an “other” full liquor license in the” resolution area” why didn’t you and the so called” dwellers” oppose a 4am full liquor given to a location on ludlow with a 24hr restaurant ??? OBVIOUSLY YOUR ON 1 SIDE DON’T FORGET THE APPLICANT IS FROM THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TOO!!!!!!


    @davegustav whats your response????

    • I didn’t write the article. This story bores me.

      • To clarify, the only reason you mention my name is because I moderate the commenting. I had to delete comments on previous 106 Rivington stories because they were attacking people. That’s it. My life isn’t spent on just this saga.


        You told me you was a owner of this site and that you are a neutral party! Thats why I mention you,so what im stating here is that you or whoever is following this story should be what you said your site is, a fair an neutral site thats all im asking….


    If these owners are so hell bent on giving back the the “Hood”, why don’t they just open it up in a different section of the LES? Why does it have to be right where people are so against it? I have nothing against this establishment and want them to succeed but the way they’ve gone about it just seems shady every which way. They OBVIOUSLY want this to be a CLUB, not a restaurant. Stop lying already. Just take it to another section and I’m sure this fire will die down. I’m totally against ANOTHER “Restaurant” on this tiny, saturated block.


      Ok so called “dwellers” we know is you, nice try with the name dosen’t fit who you are,i guess you haven’t attended any of these cb3 meeting, the applicant sign stipulations of no dj,2am closing,and method of operations of operating as a restaurant only,so how can it be a “CLUB” with no dj an closing at 2am???? Thats what you guys are sticking to that this is gonna be a club why don’t you guys admit to the real story behind all this.TEAM RODRIGUEZ KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!!!! YOUR A SYMBOL TO THIS COMMUNITY WE ARE BEHIND YOU….

  • eringobiteme

    The neighborhood is oversaturate with bars. We dont need another 250 seat “restaurant” which is really a bar. The neighborhood spoke at the Community Board meeting. The restauranteur showed up with a bused in group of outsiders masquerading as the “community” with petitions filled with fake signatures. Open up your nice “restaurant” elsewhere. Where there isnt a bar every two feet.

  • raynyc

    wheres the letter that favors the place?

  • paul

    106 is not fighting the SLA there fighting Susan Stetzer and her little group made up of 2 people. Where was there opposition when 180 ludlow st. got a 4am full liqour license?