Chinese Tuxedo Begins Construction on Doyers Street Despite Vehement Community Opposition

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Controversial Chinatown carpetbagger Chinese Tuxedo is proceeding with plans to install an enormous footprint of nightlife on Doyers Street. Despite vehement community opposition earlier this year, principals Eddy Buckingham and Hok Lam are deep into the build-out phase. A tipster alerts us to the heightened activity inside the storefront of 5 Doyers Street.

And here is some photographic evidence of progress. Tables, seats, and even the bar itself are coming together. Guess the lease was signed without a liquor license in hand.

You’ll recall that Chinese Tuxedo tried for full liquor back in April, but Community Board 3 unanimously denied. There had been opposition right out of the gate thanks to the gargantuan nature of its plans – a 190-seat establishment that offers “traditional Cantonese” food in a “modern setting.” Wilson Tang, owner of the neighboring Nom Wah Tea Parlor, opposed the venture; disgraced CB3 chair (and Pell Street resident) Gigi Li wrote a statement that Chinese Tuxedo belongs on an avenue.

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Unfazed by the rejection, Chinese Tuxedo instead hit up the State Liquor Authority on the sly for a restaurant wine license (submitted July 22). The proverbial back door to obtaining a full OP, and without the benefit of community-implemented stipulations. The action is interesting, though, as CB3 had offered that as compromise back in April, but were refused.

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Notified of this filing, the SLA subsequently sent the application back down to CB3 for reconsideration. So, expect Buckingham and Lam to return sometime in the next couple months. Or not…

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