Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal
Posted on: January 9th, 2017 at 5:00 am by Staff
One of Hell Square’s worst nightclubs is up for a liquor license renewal. Indeed, ownership of Mazaar Lounge is scheduled to appear before Community Board 3 tonight during the SLA subcommittee meeting.
Mazaar Lounge – helmed by controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir – opened in the spring of 2015. The Essex Street lounge, situated on the perimeter of Hell Square, became an instant scourge; just another bottle-serviced hookah bar.
“They blast music until insane hours, seem to have parties that go until 4am every night, and operate as a club,” one building resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told us.
Is anyone really surprised, though?
Neighbors remain furious that this venue – carrying fingerprints of previous problem establishments Foundation and club Rewind – is operational to begin with. Namely due to the fact that its liquor license was handily approved by Community Board 3 in March 2014 without the benefit of public scrutiny. (Another Gigi Li controversy.) Reason given at the time was that corporate changes are not usually heard at committee when there are no official complaints on file. However, the application submitted for 137 Essex showed that Mazaar was actually a new license and not a corporate restructuring. This was a 90% corporate change, more than the threshold that triggers new license.
The convoluted stipulations attached to the license purportedly permit Mazaar to host four scheduled promoted events each week. Yet, in retrospect, it was the kitchen argument which facilitated the thinly-veiled bait-and-switch. The kitchen was dismantled under the regime for Foundation, but the same principal had hid behind the new equipment as justification for full liquor. The dubious plan was to offer Mediterranean cuisine. (At the state, though, they reportedly claimed a hood system wasn’t feasible and it wasn’t installed in the end.)
CB3 bought it.
The LES Dwellers, for its part, twice attempted to steer the SLA away from the rubber stamping, but were unsuccessful. The state had an obligation to uphold the ruling of the community board.
The meeting is tonight, 6:30pm at 10 Stanton Street.
If you missed the showing of Clayton Dean Smith’s Off Track Betty at the Friends of the Elizabeth Street Garden Film Festival, you have another chance yet. Pulling down accolades from the 2016 Brooklyn Film Festival, the nineteen-minute short is now available for your online viewing pleasure, free of charge. The film tells the story of a longtime […]
The fact that Pier 35 and the adjacent Package 4 of the waterfront are not complete at this juncture is a total joke. Both components of the overall waterfront plan are way past due date, angering locals who are tired of constant setbacks and pitfalls. The new, revised, updated, pushed-back date is now pegged for […]
The gated pathway in front of Seward Park Library – what was once part of Jefferson Street – now boasts some public artwork. Dubbed “Constellation,” the wooden seating arrangement is the first cycle of artwork by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong for the year-long project. It was installed at the end of last week. The new sculpture […]
Brinkley’s and its Southside counterpart are both closing down after a dozen years on the border of Little Italy. The Martignetti brothers decided to cease operations at the latter club this past Saturday; the former will shutter middle of next week. Eater, which reported the news a couple weeks ago, dubbed the two bars “veritable meat […]
Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]
Earlier this morning, at roughly 6:45am, a cyclist heading east on Canal Street collided with a northbound taxi at the Bowery. Tons of cops are on the scene now, snarling traffic by the Manhattan Bridge. The mangled bike remains on its side in the intersection alongside splotches of blood. The unnamed cyclist remains in Critical […]
Leftfield on Ludlow Street remains committed to its own sale, while the leading contender for takeover is the convoluted “dry karaoke” establishment we’ve been telling you about called Mini Rex. The proposed bar is taking its application all the way to the top, despite its negative reception from the community at large. (Co-founded by Edouard […]
Here’s some election year politics at its best. Host a mayoral town hall (for District 1), then satisfy a few voters in the immediate aftermath. One Grand Street resident, frustrated with the lack of attention to the traffic bottlenecks on Grand Street, demanded that the administration act to change the status quo. He asked Mayor […]
The restaurant row of Clinton Street welcomes another entrant to the fold. Minnie’s on Clinton bows tomorrow at 29 Clinton Street, serving up a menu consisting of that nebulous offering, “American comfort food.” Initial debut had been slated for late last week. In the ensuing days, however, exterior ornamentation arrived at the corner restaurant, just as […]
Spring Street Developer Withdraws Application for Controversial Special Little Italy District Zoning Change
The years-running saga of rear yard development at 53-55 Spring Street concluded two weeks ago when the landlord withdrew the proposal under community pressure. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago for $15.5 million, sought to construct a one-story addition that would encompass the rear courtyard, thereby enlarging the overall […]