We’re hearing that at last night’s full CB2 meeting, the board unanimously accepted the business committee’s earlier vote to recommend denying Ivan Kane’s application for a liquor license at 19 Kenmare. Kane, who was not present, was presumably in Vegas easing his nerves in front of a pair of pasties. It remains to be seen whether Kane will continue pursuing the space, where he has started and stopped construction.
But the owners of Public are location-scouting again after the board dashed their hopes for 26-28 Bond Street. AvroKO’s Dan Rafalin tells us, “Unfortunately we were the group that came in at the wrong time. It’s not just about congestion; it’s about neighbors that don’t want us there. We have to respect the decisions that have been made and move forward and find a location that’s going to work for us.” Rafalin’s partner Christina O’Neal says the community board is supporting them in their effort to find another location in the neighborhood with a preexisting liquor license.