SLA to Consider Alteration for Lil Charlie’s Club on Kenmare; Community Opposed

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 at 5:32 am by
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Travertine and its loud late-night clientele never sat right with locals. Its successor at 19 Kenmare isn’t much better, either. Ken & Cook continues the fine tradition of feather ruffling due to its continuous and wanton disregard for the community. For instance, there is still no certificate of occupancy for 19 Kenmare Street, the sidewalk cafe was approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs despite CB2 opposition, and the basement newcomer club known as Lil Charlie’s is illegally operating.

With regard to Lil Charlie’s, Community Board 2 vociferously denied the proposal last spring [PDF] to alter the cellar service bar into a stand-up bar. (The club has “open flames” in the basement and hosts DJs, which is against their agreed method of operation with the state) From our perspective, this OP alteration application is seemingly a play to legitimize the drinking den, a move we’ve seen numerous times in the neighborhood (e.g. EMM Group, The DL).

Unfazed by the ruling, the Ken & Cook crew headed for the State Liquor Authority to try its luck. The full board meets tomorrow to officially vote on the matter.

The “seventies glam space,” as Grub St describes Lil Charlie’s, debuted exactly a year ago.

Lil Charlie’s/Ken and Cook Liquor License Alteration Denial (SLA)

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