Albert Trummer Scores Liquor License on Grand Street Against Community Opposition

Posted on: January 8th, 2019 at 5:02 am by

It’s been a year since word dropped that notorious mixologist Albert Trummer was headed to a Lower East Side basement for his latest venture. Not much progress until now, though.

Despite vehement opposition, Trummer recently netted a full liquor license.

You’ll recall that Trummer, whose claims to fame include Apotheke, Sanatorium, and S’zen Cocktail Lounge (at Hotel on Rivington) is working on a new high-end concept called The Atelier at 324-326 Grand Street. The ten-table concept fashions itself as a cocktail lounge with “reasonably priced” drinks and small bites.

There is dedicated access to the lower level from the street.

Despite the fact that the building was recently listed on the market for $33 million, as well as vehement neighborhood opposition, Trummer and and co-principal Elizabeth Anne Keatinge are moving forward with the subterranean speakeasy.

CB3 heard [PDF] the liquor license application back in February 2018, and leveled a straight-up denial, largely due to the negative track record of Trummer’s collective alma maters, as well as proximity to daycare across the street, and the seventeen on-premise liquor licenses within 500 feet of 324 Grand Street. (Remember that Trummer was arrested after setting the Apotheke bar-top ablaze in 2010 and that Sanatorium collected an astounding 78 complaints to 311 last year.)

Representatives on behalf of Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou together spoke against the application before the State Liquor Authority in November, while State Senator Brian Kavanagh also sent a letter of opposition. Nevertheless, Trummer and team were still able to walk away with a license (not yet reflected in public records).

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