Matthew Oliver Maddy Denied by Community Board 2

Posted on: July 6th, 2010 at 6:35 am by

Ladies and gentlemen, the gavel has fallen, and the verdict is now in regarding the proposed restaurant-slash-bar at 168 Elizabeth Street.  A reader wrote to inform us that Community Board 2 voted unanimously against Matthew Oliver Maddy at its full board meeting on June 17.

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As first reported here in early June, Matthew Maddy is currently eyeing the basement of 168 Elizabeth as an additional location for his No. 7 franchise (a laundromat operates on the ground floor). On the face, the proposal seems simple enough – the restaurant would include 10 tables (25 seats) and 1 small bar (6 stools), with no garden dining for at least the first year. Maximum legal capacity would be 42 persons.

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However, digging deeper, his plan is plagued with pitfalls.  The following are some issues raised by the board [PDF]:

  1. “The community and CB2 have great concern about the noise in the courtyard/backyard garden if this applicant is given a license to use this space.”
  2. “The current certificate of occupancy, dated December 27, 1989, does not show permissible use of basement space nor does it offer a legal capacity.”
  3. “There is no record of applications to the NYC DOB to alter the use of the proposed premise from accessory cellar use, therefore requiring an updated C of O.”
  4. “The current entrance to this establishment is a hatch in the sidewalk in front of a laundromat that would certainly not comply with the American Disability Act.”
  5. “This basement space has never had an SLA license before.”
  6. “This applicant is within 200 feet of the Lshing Shuneikai Church.”
  7. “This applicant had done insufficient community outreach and must reach out to local residents and organizations to thoroughly explain and address their concerns.”
  8. “This applicant has chosen a location that has just received 6 new SLA licenses in the last 365 days within 500 feet, and more specifically, is within 500 feet of 25 licensed premises, 11 restaurants with OP licenses, 6 bars with OP licenses, and 8 restaurants with Beer and Wine licenses.”

The case will now be punted to the SLA for consideration.  Stay tuned.

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