We just got a mass e-mail from Bar Carrera owner Stefan Mailvaganam, complaining that he wasnt included on the agenda for Community Board 1s meeting tonight, despite having requested a hearing back in August. (His original bid to open a wine bar at Driggs and Metropolitan, in Williamsburg, was met with resistance because he wanted to stay open till 2 a.m.) Mailvaganam plans to show up personally to request a hearing, and he wants supporters to join him. Meanwhile, Eater sat in on last nights Community Board 2 meeting and discovered a heck of a lot.
The highlights: Jason Pickard of Chinatown Brasserie and Locanda Verde and others will turn the former Cub Room space into an American café. Jason and Joe Denton are hoping to open something similar to inoteca in the Fredericks Downtown location (Zagat has more details on that). Sean McGarr of the Village Pourhouse hopes to open a totally new, family-friendly concept at 159 Bleecker Street. Bradford Thompson of Lever House will oversee the kitchen at Jamaican restaurant Miss Lilys in the erstwhile La Gamin space. And the real showstopper: Due to the neighborly outcry that we predicted, the committee recommended denial of the Motts liquor license (it was stripped from the restaurant by the SLA after the license holder Emma Cleary was booted from the project). As always, the State Liquor Authority gets the last word.