Last Night's Community Board 3 Meeting: License Renewal for Freemans, Bupkes for Pretty Much Everyone Else
Fork in the Road was unable to attend last night's Community Board 3 SLA committee meeting last night, but Eater was there, and gathered a few interesting tidbits.
Freemans, despite a history of noise-related problems with its neighbors, was approved for a liquor license renewal.
They were just about the only business granted the privilege. Residents of Avenue A turned up in force to protest both a license transfer from the old Raven bar to a new Mexican restaurant, El Camion, and a sidewalk cafe application for Westville East. Both applications were turned down, as was one for another application for a new restaurant that will be opening in the old Al Diwan space on Avenue A.
Elsewhere, Eddie Huang's application for a liquor license for his upcoming restaurant, Xiao Ye (formerly CrackHaus) was withdrawn at the last minute due to an oversight of a stipulation that requires applicants to reach out to the neighborhood block association before going before the committee. Despite the setback, the restaurant is supposed to open in mid-June.
And CULTUREfix, perhaps the most interesting-sounding business on the agenda (it's a bar-gallery-home design-electronics store) was ultimately denied a liquor license because it plans to have a live DJ for gallery openings twice a month. Twice a month. Yes, really.