Steve Hanson went before Community Board 2's SLA committee last night and laid out his plans for Strip House, which his BR Guest group agreed to purchase last July. Among the changes: Hanson hopes to extend hours until 4 a.m. and wants to expand the restaurant to create a separate, lower-priced dining area. Several committee members claimed Hanson was indifferent to community concerns over noise and congestion in the neighborhood, but the board eventually gave tentative approval to his liquor license application, provided he agrees to close by 2 a.m. (The restaurant currently closes at 11:15 p.m. on most nights.) Committee chair Richard Stewart told us that Hanson's clout would practically guarantee his application's approval from the SLA, even if the board had turned him down.
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