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SLA Moves to Revoke Liquor License from EMM Group’s Bowery Complex
Posted on: October 18th, 2013 at 5:34 am by Staff
It’s been a minute since we put EMM Group under the microscope for Finale, its bait-and-switch club on the Bowery. Let’s have another look, shall we?
One need only witness Finale late last Tuesday evening to confirm that the nightspot is indeed a blight on the Bowery. The Miley Cyrus album release party held at the questionably-legal backroom club spilled into the street last Tuesday night, seemingly without proper control. (By the way, Miley Cyrus is underage at 20) It’s further evidence that EMM Group will likely need to address in its upcoming defense to the State Liquor Authority.
Mark Birnbaum and company – “Bakers Dozen Associates” – will need to defend their method of operation to the state. You’ll recall that the Lower Eastpackers initially secured the liquor license with strict stipulations that did not mention a ground-level club (printed on the license itself); only that The General would serve food all hours in the restaurant and basement, include ambient music, and that dancing not be allowed on the main level. Obviously in breach, EMM then tried to legitimize the club via Community Board 3 but were denied (a similar tactic recently employed by Paul Seres of the DL).
So, thanks to pressure from the neighborhood, and specifically the tenants of 199 Bowery, the SLA investigated the situation and recently began the proceeding to cancel/revoke the license. According to legal documents on public record, the authority has given notice regarding the following ten specific infractions between February and September of this year. Some serious shit. Basically, the entire life of the nightlife venture. Take note of number four…
Bakers Dozen has until Monday (Oct. 21) to plead guilty or not guilty to the above-mentioned charges. If the latter, then a hearing will be scheduled for the group to appear with its counsel.
These guys have deep pockets, so a not guilty plea seems likely. Our guess is that they come outta this unscathed, but having to settle with a large sum paid to the SLA. We’ll keep you posted.
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