Eater and the Observer stopped in to last night’s full Community Board 2 meeting and, as at any carnival, there were winners and losers: The Beatrice Inn was given an Angelo Bianchi–like “sorry, it’s not going to happen tonight” by the board, which wasn’t happy about the fact that it promised to be a piano bar only to become the best piano bar EVER. Flyers around the neighborhood also succeeded in sinking that sports bar at 180 Lafayette we told you about, but there were some winners, too.
Keith McNally will get the nod from the board for liquor at 282 Bowery if he agrees to certain conditions (early closing hours, we imagine) and Andrew Carmellini is a go for booze at 264 Elizabeth. And finally, oh glorious day — it looks like the controversial 19 Kenmare space, ever so briefly occupied by Forty Deuce and then Chris Eddy’s sushi joint, will finally have an occupant in Travertine, which we gave you the lowdown on earlier. Co-owner Danae Cappelletto received hisses as she spoke on her project’s behalf, which may explain why she left the meeting in tears despite a narrow 17–14 victory.
Thus, the CB has spoken and its recommendations now go to the State Liquor Authority, which makes the final call. Bea-types, don’t be too concerned about the ’trice — we doubt the owners would take a denial lying down. They might sue the SLA à la Death & Co. and Le Souk, and also 205. As far as we know, all of those venues are still open months after getting their licenses stripped.
First Word: 19 Kenmare Finally Approved by Divided CB2 Full Board [Eater]
First Word: 180 Lafayette, Gatsby’s, Beatrice DENIED; McNally, Carmellini Given Final Green Light [Eater]
Travertine Breaks ‘Curse’ at 19 Kenmare Street [NYO]