CB2 Smiles on Michael White, Shakes a Fist at Shake Shack

Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

Eater brings good and bad news from last night’s Community Board 2 meeting. First the good: Michael White’s casual 94-seat Tavoliere-inspired restaurant at 218 Lafayette got the board’s blessing for booze, so long as it doesn’t stay open past 1 a.m. And the bad news (for Danny Meyer, at least): Shake Shack Nolita chose to temporarily withdraw its beer and wine license application after complaints about possible noise and trash. It’s easy to imagine why neighbors as notoriously contentious as CB2’s might be worried — the lot at Mulberry and Prince is so small (there will only be room for eight seats on the ground floor, with more seating on the roof) that there will inevitably be lines down the block (hours will be from 11 a.m. till midnight). And more than the Madison Square Park location, this one will lure the Soho and Chinatown fanny-packers who don’t know how to use a sidewalk. Meyer might just have to bribe a few local activists with line-cutting privileges to get this one over.

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