By Maya Mau
The following restaurants applied for modified or new liquor licenses at CB7’s Business & Consumer Issues Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 11:
Ashoka, an Indian restaurant at 489 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Street), applied for a class change. Since opening about five years ago, they have only served beer and wine, but now they hope to serve liquor as well. The committee voted unanimously in favor.
Fred’s, an American burger restaurant at 476 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd Street), applied for a New and Temporary Retail Permit. David, the current owner, plans to continue being the face of the operation, but he and his family are going through health issues, so the official ownership is being transferred. From a customer perspective, everything about Fred’s will stay the same. The committee approved the application and expressed their appreciation for the restaurant.
Gennaro, a fine dining Italian Mediterranean restaurant at 665 Amsterdam Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd street), has had a wine and beer license for its indoors space for many years and hopes to expand that license to a sidewalk cafe and outdoor tent. The restaurant has been open since 1996 and nothing else would be changed. The committee voted unanimously in favor.
Lolo’s on Broadway is opening at 2799 Broadway (at 108th street). Leticia Young, the owner, has been running LoLo’s Seafood Shack on 116th street (between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave) for eight years. Young describes the new place as a “Cape and Caribbean mashup.” Young’s husband, Raymond Mohan, is the executive chef. They have been in the restaurant industry for decades and are looking forward to opening up the brand “to be more inclusive and to focus on brunch.” The committee approved the application and expressed excitement about Young and Mohan’s newest venture.
Jazz Genius Corporation is opening a spot in the basement of 105 West 72nd Street (Columbus Avenue), with a name to be determined. They applied for a two-year liquid license, and plan on having an “American” menu: comfort food at a reasonable prices. At night, they will feature live jazz trios and quartets. Eventually, they hope to do a jazz brunch on weekends, in addition to a free weekly jazz education program to help teach people about the place of jazz in our culture, and its history. Some members of the community expressed concern about the potential noise, which Marc Rabinowitz (the owner) attempted to mollify by emphasizing plans to soundproof the area. The liquor application was approved by the committee with the understanding that Rabinowitz would develop a comprehensive plan to minimize noise disruption to the community.
The applications will be voted on by the full board on June 7.
Note: At the bottom of the agenda was an entry indicating that a liquor license hearing for “2624-2626 Broadway (West 99th) Metrocinema 1, LLC d/b/a To Be Determined.” We’re expecting an announcement about the development of the Metro Theater very soon!