In our personal in-box (and EV Grieve’s, and probably anyone else’s who’s ever bought a concert ticket) last night, courtesy of the Bowery Ballroom folks at Bowery Presents: “I am asking that you please forward the following email to TRAV200008@hotmail.com to help support a new restaurant that plans to open near The Bowery Ballroom. The restaurant, named Travertine…” And so on. And then everyone shall storm the CB meeting tonight! (We totally have “Do You Hear the People Sing” racing through our head right now.) Bonus: They helpfully provided a pre-written letter for everyone to copy and send off to CB2. The full e-mail, for your cut-n-pasting restaurant-activist pleasure:
I am asking that you please forward the following email to TRAV200008@hotmail.com to help support a new restaurant that plans to open near The Bowery Ballroom. The restaurant, named Travertine, will be located at 19 Kenmare Street (near Elizabeth Street) in part of the space that was occupied by Charlie’s Clam House. We want to encourage new, well-managed restaurants to open in the community so that our guests will have a place to eat both before and after shows. The Community Board has requested that Travertine show its widespread community support through letters or by having supporters attend the Community Board meeting tomorrow evening 96 pm at SEIU HQ, 101 Sixth Avenue, 22nd floor, between Canal and Spring Streets). If you are able to attend, the Community Board leadership is merely going to ask supporters of Travertine’s liquor license application to stand up or show their hands (this should take no more than an hour).
Following is the email that you can either cut-and-paste or revise and send via email to the email address stated above:
Mr. Ray Lee
Chair, SLA Committee, Manhattan Community Board 2
3 Washington Square Village, NYC, NY 10012
Dear Mr. Lee,
I am writing to ask you and CB2 to support the application by Travertine (19 Kenmare Street) for a liquor license. I look forward to the opening of a well-managed, quality dining option in my neighborhood. The location has been a restaurant for many years and the owners of Travertine should be allowed to open at this site, create jobs, pay taxes, and improve the neighborhood.
I hope that you will encourage your fellow board members to approve the application on Thursday, September 18.