EMM Group Cops $25K Plea Deal with SLA Regarding Numerous Violations at 199 Bowery

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 at 5:00 am by

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Miley Cyrus party at Finale crowds the Bowery; Photo: Lara Speier

Mark Birnbaum had much to celebrate when a Finale customer ordered 200 bottles of champagne last weekend. Yet it wasn’t only that the single tab netted at least $60,000; he might actually get away scot free with a slap on the wrist. EMM Group will now pay the piper a fraction of that amount in fees to the State Liquor Authority.

As part of the ongoing SLA lawsuit brought against EMM Group, the Finale club is now staring at a mountain of fees totaling $25,000. From what we gather, Birnbaum and company copped a plea deal for a laundry list of violations at 199 Bowery. A hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday to discuss the particulars. EMM plead guilty (allegedly a reversal in strategy) to offenses like cooking in the basement without proper permissions, and more serious ones such as blocking fire exits and turning off the fire alarms because they were interfering with the club’s smoke machines. Apparently, the officers who initially inspected Finale had fully intended to check 3 or 4 other clubs that night, but deemed the situation so bad that they had to stay and check everything thoroughly (and write up tickets).

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However, the fines don’t seem to address all the infractions outlined in the October action brought by the SLA. EMM brass probably hopes that this $25,000 will take care of the rest. You see, they had the Feburary court date changed, allegedly without notifying the police agent in charge, so he couldn’t show. The judge then dismissed the most of the charges.

So, there you have it. That’s how a neighborhood gets ruined by big money and Lower Eastpacking interests. You shouldn’t be surprised.

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EMM is still gunning for a cabaret license at 199 Bowery, but is probably waiting for this mess to clear. Indeed, they’ve categorically withdrawn their applications from CB3 the last three consecutive months.

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