CB3 Denies Rob Shamlian Basement Liquor for Tiny Fork

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 at 6:20 am by
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Last night, Community Board 3 denied an application by Rob Shamlian for another liquor license at his forthcoming Tiny Fork space on Orchard Street. The ground-level establishment already has one, and ownership was battling for on-premise privileges in the basement. The motion was a victory for the embattled Hell Square, and for the LES Dwellers, who already have a feather in the proverbial cap for beating back the 106 Rivington application.

The NIMBY block association presented Shamlian’s violation history at his other spots, including Fat Baby, illustrating that his restaurant and “gallery” basements are usually euphemisms for clubs. Another issue raised was the shared address at this corner location. In 2010, Tiny Fork applied and obtained a liquor license for 87 Stanton, but is now using 167 Orchard for the cellar. Lack of community outreach was just the icing on the cake.

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[Photo: LES Dwellers Association]Despite the denial, Rob Shamlian promises to open Tiny Fork sometime next week.

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