Liquor License

‘L’Amico’ Backers Propose New Venue for Mysterious Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel

Last modified July 26, 2017 at 7:36 am

Guess those alleged plans for “creative” commercial offices at the Jarmulowsky Bank Building – first disclosed last summer – are no longer in the cards. The Community Board 3 agenda for next month’s SLA applicants is revealing enough. It lists 9 Orchard Street (aka 54 Canal) on the docket for hotel license consideration. But that’s […]

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CB3 Puts its Foot Down Over Hell Square Liquor Licenses

Last modified July 18, 2017 at 8:29 am

Sitting seventeen stories up seemed like a strange location for the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3, but the meeting at Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel seemed appropriate all the same. One theme of the night was that the advisory body is taking a more serious stance on Hell Square license saturation. Let’s dive into some of […]

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‘No Fun’ Principal Eyes Troubled Wassail Cider Bar Space on Orchard Street

Posted July 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two-year-old Wassail cider bar on Orchard Street has been trying to sell itself for several months. All past attempts to unload the assets proved futile, though, including Allain Allegretti’s pitch to convert it to Frenchie’s Fish Bar. Now, a bar owner from around the corner is interested in taking over. Application materials submitted to Community Board […]

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Le Baron Replacement to Go Before CB3 Next Month

Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

The survivors of Le Baron, still holding onto hope of a successor establishment on Mulberry Street, are headed back to the community board level for further consideration. Principals of MJK Foods LLC had tried to score a full liquor license by going straight to the State Liquor Authority, but were apparently stonewalled. Indeed, MJK Foods now appears […]

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‘Taqueria Diana’ Plants a Flag on Clinton Street, but there Won’t be Margaritas

Posted May 31, 2017 at 5:14 am

Taqueria Diana officially marked its territory at 69 Clinton Street this week. Half the storefront marquee pimps painted lettering and a branded red canopy. However, when this new Lower East Side location debuts (the inside is still a mess, so not anytime soon), it’ll do so without (tequila-based) margaritas. The proprietors, whose proposal for full liquor […]

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‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Vietnamese Spot Posts up at Former Calexico on Rivington Street

Posted May 30, 2017 at 9:28 am

The recent tale of 153 Rivington Street begins with Australian fare, morphs to sit-down Mexican cuisine, and now to Vietnamese stylings. After two years, and a flood of real estate listings later, the space previously occupied by Calexico (and Bondi Road) is finally filled. Remember that this is a Steve Croman-owned property, so there was […]

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Rumor: ‘Mini Rex’ Dry Karaoke Concept Banking on CB3 for Re-vote at Tonight’s Meeting

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

For Mini Rex, the struggle to establish a “dry karaoke” bar on Ludlow Street continues. Despite defeat. You’ll recall that the concept, co-founded by Edouard Gave and Karin Elgai, includes conjoined venues that would include separate entrances for sober and drinking patrons. Different wrist stamps for each side, but booze could be consumed in all the […]

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AAFE Chooses Wine Bar for Newly Converted Space at Pike and Division

Posted April 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

The Lower East Side headquarters of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) may soon gain an additional revenue stream by inviting nightlife to a block with plenty of it. Division Street between Pike and Ludlow. That’s the story behind the new storefront carved out of their “Housing and Community Services” building at 1 Pike Street (aka 111 […]

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CB3 Votes to Deny Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Bar a Liquor License on Ludlow Street [Updated]

Last modified April 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Mini Rex is now livin’ on a prayer. The proposed concept for 87 Ludlow Street was dealt a blow last night, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 telegraphed their denial, forcing the applicant to withdraw. The “dry karaoke” concept (three rooms across two floors) has been gunning to take the reins from Leftfield for […]

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Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Concept Still Eyeing Leftfield on Ludlow

Last modified March 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Leftfield on Ludlow Street is still for sale, and the leading contender for takeover is a nebulous “dry karaoke” establishment called Mini Rex. The five-year-old skater hang, which also doubles as incubator for baby bands, first telegraphed this move last month when the sale of assets crossed Community Board 3. (It triggers a new license […]

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