State Liquor Authority

Blame Stetzer and CB3 for Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge,’ Neighbors Argue

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

The good news from last Monday night is that Community Board 3 voted to deny the Mazaar Lounge a renewal for its full liquor license, even if only advisory. Yet, getting to that point created a contentious situation that pitted controversial block association LES Dwellers against the District Manager Susan Stetzer and the SLA subcommittee. As the video […]

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Classic Chinatown Dive ‘Winnie’s’ Revived for East Broadway Comeback

Last modified January 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

It appears that Winnie’s, the classic Bayard Street dive which shuttered two years ago, is resuscitated from the dead. Surprise! The same ownership is reprising its role in the reboot, currently proposed for the commercial space at 58 East Broadway. The application itself will go before the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 later this month […]

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Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal

Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

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 […]

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Looking Inside Serafina’s New Ludlow Street Outpost; Opening Delayed Two Weeks [Updated]

Last modified November 14, 2016 at 7:24 am

Serafina opens at 98 Rivington Street on November 28, delayed two weeks from its initial target of Wednesday.  It’s a watershed moment that sees another restaurant chain invade the Hell Square environs. After eight months of shuttered gates and anticipation, the doors have been open the last few weeks, showing off the goods, so to […]

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‘Miss Paradis’ Health Food Bar on Prince Street Approaches its October Launch

Posted September 30, 2016 at 5:18 am

Real progress is finally visible both inside and outside the stout new development at 47 Prince Street. That gaudy banner advertising for newcomer Miss Paradis was deposed a couple weeks ago after a summertime residency, and instead replaced with apple ornamentation around the two-story facade. Push to the finish line is palpable, as the store is buzzing […]

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Starting this Weekend, You Can Booze with Brunch on Sundays Before Noon

Posted September 9, 2016 at 5:05 am

That decades-old blue law forbidding restaurants and bars from serving alcohol on Sundays before noon is now a thing of the past. Governor Cuomo signed the so-called “Brunch Bill” into law this past Wednesday, roughly three months after the Assembly and State Senate approved the legislation. The law overturns the prohibition-era ruling, and now allows […]

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French Fare Makes a Comeback this Fall Where ‘Skal’ Failed on Canal Street

Posted September 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

It’s been a year and a half since the Icelandic Skal struck out. In the interim fourteen months, construction ceased, Starbucks was rumored to open at Canal Street and, later, Cafe Katja briefly considered an expansion. But no, it’s gonna return to its roots as a French-style restaurant (i.e. Les Enfants Terribles). Supposedly; this project […]

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Clinton in the Crosshairs: 4 New Bars Aim to Open on Clinton Street

Posted August 22, 2016 at 9:29 am

Yep. You read it here first. There are three new bars, plus one restaurant expansion happening on a two-block stretch of Clinton Street. And all at once. Three-quarters of those businesses appear on the August SLA subcommittee agenda for Community Board 3, and will be heard by the advisory body tonight. 61 Clinton Street Speedy […]

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Rob Shamlian Makes Good on Promise and Sells off Spitzer’s Corner

Posted August 11, 2016 at 5:03 am

Controversial nightlife operator Rob Shamlian is finally making good on his promise to ditch the Lower East Side. Two of his three Hell Square holdings are changing hands as we speak. Not surprising. Shamlian has been “done with the Lower East Side” since at least 2011, and therefore willing to fully divest. The Derby was […]

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Here’s What to Expect from the New ‘Black Tap’ on Ludlow Street

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:11 am

Popular burgers-and-shakes restaurant Black Tap has chosen the Lower East Side for its newest location. As previously reported, ownership settled on 177 Ludlow Street, a building that formerly housed Earthmatters (and 100 Montaditos). Joe Isidori and partner Christopher Barish currently seek a beer-wine license for Black Tap LES. And barring any major catastrophes, it’ll probably happen. […]

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