Community Board 2's SLA committee rejected Café Select co-owner Oliver Stumm's application to turn a service bar into a liquor-serving stand-up bar. The vote followed protests from Nolita locals, including Georgette Fleischer, who described the popular spot as "very destructive to the neighborhood." Stumm said the move was just an effort to better serve dining-room customers, but Fleischer claimed Café Select was already disturbing residents with crowds, "loud noise and long hours" lasting until dawn, saying another bar would add to the problems. Opponents claimed that Select's back room and cellar were operating illegally as a party venue, but Stumm's lawyer denied that allegation, pointing out that the cellar spot was so small and had such a low ceiling that "you'd have to stoop to get into it."
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