SLA Denies Liquor License at ‘Grandfathered’ Max Fish Space on Ludlow

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 at 8:00 am by

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Looks like the Sweet Chick is fried. Plans for its expansion into the Lower East Side at 178 Ludlow are seemingly stymied thanks to a liquor license denial at the state level. The chicken-and-waffles joint signed the lease and headed directly to the SLA after first receiving a denial from Community Board 3 back in October.

The upper-echelon denial is somewhat surprising, though. Sweet Chick was easily on track for an SLA rubber-stamping due to the grandfathered Max Fish license. You see, pre-1993 liquor licenses are not subject to the 500-foot rule in saturated areas. That was the year the Pavadan Law was put into effect, requiring incoming businesses in resolution areas to display a public benefit of an additional license.  But that’s not how it unfolded. Ultimately Chairman Rosen and Commissioner Greene dropped the hammer.

Call it a coup of sorts for the LES Dwellers who worked with neighbors to put together the “opposition package” to another liquor license in Hell Square. In a statement, founder Diem Boyd said:

The NY SLA’s decision to disapprove Sweet Chick’s liquor license was the right thing to do for the neighborhood and for local residents. We want other establishments in the Lower East Side to know that local residents have had it with the noise, violence, traffic, vandalism and disrespectful crowds who have taken over our community. Our neighborhood urgently needs different types of businesses that serve the needs of residents, especially retail and local services not based on the sale of more food and alcohol. The momentum has strengthened our resolve, especially seeing that community residents – when we stand together – can make a difference.

What do you think will happen at 178 Ludlow Street? Seems only another bar can really take the place of the Fish.

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