Are Days Numbered for The DL Nightclub on Delancey Street?

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 at 9:47 am by

Looks like The DL – that five-year-old scourge of the Lower East Side – might be on some shaky ground. And on the defensive.

Its liquor license is in a state of purgatory, having (technically) expired on September 30. Pending charges against the owners have temporarily blocked the renewal efforts.

The club remains operational, though, thanks to the State Administrative Procedures Act (SAPA), which allows operators to continue serving alcohol for four months while appealing the state in an attempt to regain the liquor license.

On the flip-side, though, SAPA authorizes the state to effect “summary suspension” of any license if the the State Liquor Authority finds that “public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”

To that end, disciplinary hearings are planned that could result in revocation or cancelation of The DL’s liquor license. There are at least four separate cases against the establishment, with each Notice of Pleading outlining a litany of infractions.

When The DL’s brunch party turned ugly, April 2017

Charges appear rather serious, with most stemming from the brawl that went down on its doorstep last April. You’ll recall that an all-day boozy brunch party allegedly hosted by KevBDU turned violent just before midnight. The 7th Precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, confirmed at the time that he warned The DL against hosting the shindig. The nightclub reportedly canceled at first, but then proceeded nonetheless without informing the Precinct.

The damning Notice of Pleading lists nearly two-dozen violations that were presumably levied after the authorities raided The DL in the immediate aftermath. Said multi-agency MARCH reportedly resulted in more than 36 cross-agency violations. For instance, among others, permitting the premises to become disorderly, failure to “exercise adequate supervision” over the premises, failure to comply with stipulations conditional to the liquor license, and that reneging on the aforementioned promise “was of such improper nature as to warrant revocation, cancelation, or suspension of the license.”

The DL was raided on April 28

Most recently, though, the SLA charged The DL with serving alcohol to minors on July 29.

A spokesperson from the state agency further confirmed that the principals pleaded not guilty to all the charges, and that the “[disciplinary] hearings are currently being scheduled.” No dates are available yet.

The 7th Precinct was not immediately available for comment.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that DL co-owner Paul Seres is still rumored to be in the running for the “Night Mayor” position recently unveiled by Mayor de Blasio. Which leads to our next question – is this really someone who should be the industry liaison?

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