The Sixth Ward’s Liquor License was Terminated by the SLA Yesterday
Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 at 8:17 am by Elie
Last modified on: April 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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Hell Square just lost one of its more notorious offenders.
In a seemingly unprecedented move, the State Liquor Authority yesterday afternoon dropped the hammer on the eight-year-old Sixth Ward at 191 Orchard Street. The judgment capped legal proceedings that began in November.
Shortly after 7pm last night, the Sixth Ward posted these misleading signs in the windows with apparently little notice to staff. As you can see, a “boiler issue” is blamed for the sudden closure. However, the truth of the matter is that the State Liquor Authority canceled their liquor license, and the bar probably won’t reopen.
The full-court press was successful.
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Don’t be fooled
The Sixth Ward had been under intense scrutiny for its illegal operation for more than nine months. In the end, it was a no-holds-barred, grassroots effort organized and coordinated almost entirely by the controversial LES Dwellers, which researched and reported the myriad problems to both the SLA and DOB. This is a major win for the rag-tag block association, which continues to gain support from battle-hardened residents of Hell Square.
The Sixth Ward was a bait-and-switch operation from the get-go, having originally scored a liquor license in 2007 based on the premise it would become a vegetarian restaurant. Most of the focus during the campaign had been trained on the illegal backyard, a glass enclosure that blocked the one egress (later removed), and lack of both a valid Certificate of Occupancy and Public Assembly permit. Maximum assembly in the establishment (including yard, if permitted) was only 74, but exceeded that number on a regular basis.
In a press release today, the LES Dwellers noted:
Commissioner Green and Commissioner Kim of the NY State Liquor Authority judiciously terminated the license due to the admirable efforts of Michael Jones and Noel Colon of NY SLA Enforcement working in conjunction with the 7th Precinct as well as the impressive legal team led by Michael Ammirato at the agency. Reaching the point of cancellation took resources, coordination with city agencies, and patience while these dedicated civil servants built a case and ultimately canceled the license of the unscrupulous operators of the Sixth Ward.
Moreover, ownership had been operating on an expired license since November, when a renewal was heard but not granted. 191 Orchard Street now has a “partial vacate order” to its name for the rear yard.
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