Over at 222 Lafayette Street, Hop in the Truck Wants You To
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Hop in the Truck. No, that’s not a command, rather the working name of a new restaurant that has eyes for the south store of 222 Lafayette Street, which previously operated as a Subway franchise.
Principals for the 14-table Vietnamese eatery appeared before Community Board 2 in June for a wine and beer license. The outspoken neighbors living around Petrosino Square vehemently opposed the application, and the advisory committee fell in line.
The resolution to deny included a number of reasons, a few of which are reprinted below:
- The southern storefront premises at 222 Lafayette Street does not currently have a certificate of occupancy or letter of no objection to permit eating and drinking – a letter of no objection exists only for the northern storefront (any new LNO should be date 2014 or later);
- Despite proposing the following stipulations to applicant, the applicant refused to sign any agreement with CB#2, Man. incorporating the stipulations into its method of operation;
- The community objections relate to the overwhelming nature of recently issued liquor licenses in an already saturated neighborhood, where there are already three liquor licenses in three consecutive buildings on one block on the west side of Petrosino Square and if this expansion was granted, there would only be one storefront left on the west side of Petrosino Square that did not already have a liquor license, that there are already eight liquor licenses surrounding the perimeter of Petrosino Square, and that by adding more eating and drinking patrons to the area will only add to traffic, noise, public intoxication and environmental hazards already existing and negatively impacting the area;
Hop in the Truck will return to CB2 tonight to try for a second time.