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State Liquor Authority

  1. Big Brother
    Buzzkill: SLA Nips Emporio’s BYOB in the BudEven after a bribery raid, the SLA still has time to crack down on DIYers.
  2. Crooked Reign
    SLA Offices Raided on Suspicion of BriberyWill this make it easier for restaurants to score liquor licenses quickly?
  3. Menu Changes
    The BYOB Well Runs Dry at MotorinoYou’ll no longer be allowed to bring your own bottle to Williamsburg’s most popular BYOB destination.
  4. Community Boards
    Brooklyn’s CB2 Votes Down Booze for ‘Beautiful Restaurant’Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 has voted to support the Dumbo resident who sent us a letter protesting the prospect of booze at what was said to be a sandwich shop.
  5. Community Boards
    Tepperberg Will Go Ahead With New LoungeThe Marquee man won’t let the Community Board’s disapproval stop him.
  6. Departures
    Cipriani Aide GoneDoes it have something to do with pressure he’s accused of putting on the SLA regarding Cipriani’s liquor license?
  7. Liquor Supply
    Mercat Gets BoozeOne of our favorite spots for an Estrella, Mercat, may soon become one of our favorite spots for hard liquor, baby!
  8. Menus
    Flippin’ AwesomeDeath & Co. releases its flip-heavy fall drinks menu.
  9. Politics As Usual
    Whistle-blowingThe head of the SLA says a Paterson aide tried to pressure him into voting for Cipriani’s liquor-license renewal.
  10. Le Scandale
    The Box Talks: Hammerstein and Performers Speak on ScandalAn in-depth look into downtown’s controversial cabaret.
  11. Sleaze
    Manhattan’s Most Blatantly Illegal Club Is Definitely Gone for GoodThe State Liquor Authority has put its final kiss of death on a Midtown West bastion of sleaze.
  12. Know Your Leaders
    ‘Anti-Nightlife’ Candidate Daniel Squadron Is Elected to SenateApparently voters didn’t agree with Steve Lewis that he’s a “bad, bad man.”
  13. Booze News
    Mercadito in the ClearThe State Liquor Authority has renewed the cantina’s liquor license.
  14. The Box
    The Box Responds to Allegations; Gawker Backtracks on Calling it aDid blogger Ian Spiegelman go too far when he seemingly advocated putting a blade in Simon Hammerstein’s throat?
  15. Community Bored
    Beatrice Denied at CB Meeting; McNally, Carmellini, and Travertine Get the NodLast call for the Beatrice Inn?
  16. Height of Absurdity
    Only in New York, Kids: Spanish Wine Bars Without WineOne tapas bar finally got its liquor license, but another one is still sans vino.
  17. Prohibition
    Death & WoeDeath & Co. owner David Kaplan is now suing his landlord in addition to the State Liquor Authority.
  18. Community Bored
    CB3 Snubs the Box, Mercury Dime, and Mercadito, Shows Some Love to SeymourSasha Petraske’s coffee shop may not be getting wine; E.U. looks good for outdoor booze.
  19. NewsFeed
    State Liquor Authority Snuffs Out Bad Karma
  20. NewsFeed
    Ciprianis Can Keep Liquor License, Must Cough Up $500,000The commissioner of the State Liquor Authority thinks it’s “very unfortunate.”
  21. NewsFeed
    Hamptons Restaurant Sues for Racial PersecutionThe Hampton Bays Diner says that town authorities wanted to end its Hispanic Night.
  22. NewsFeed
    CB3: All Systems Go for JoeDoeAnd Frank, of Frank, is forced to defend himself against noise complaints.
  23. NewsFeed
    Lotus Closes After Liquor License SuspendedThe State Liquor Authority has leveled a staggering $40,000 in fines against the club and suspended its liquor license for 21 days.
  24. NewsFeed
    205 Fights the SLA for Taking Its Liquor License AwayDeath & Co. isn’t the only bar suing the State Liquor Authority in order to stay open. Lower East Side dance den 205 is also pleading its case to the Supreme Court.
  25. NewsFeed
    Le Souk, Death & Co. Continue to Fight the SLABoth clubs are fighting the SLA’s refusal to renew their liquor licenses in court.
  26. NewsFeed
    McNally, Colicchio, Meyer Among Most Powerful Real-Estate PlayersThe ‘Observer’ comes out with a list of the city’s real-estate power players, and, not surprisingly, plenty of restaurant folk make the cut.
  27. NewsFeed
    SLA Honcho Steps DownThe CEO of the State Liquor Authority, Joshua Toas, will resign on May 22 for undisclosed reasons.
  28. NewsFeed
    SLA Strips Le Souk, 205 of Liquor LicensesThe clubs are still open for now, but do they have much longer?
  29. NewsFeed
    Boqueria Not Coming to 10 Downing StreetLate last month we reported that part of the 10 Downing space was a “leading candidate” for a downtown Boqueria. Despite our fervent hopes and news that the deal was “confirmed,” reported by Eater, it isn’t, alas, to be. “We’re glad that there’s a such a sense of anticipation about Boqueria,” owner Yann de Rochefort tells us, “but we are not closing at 10 Downing because the landlord is going with another tenant. We notified the community board a week ago of the fact that we are withdrawing our application.” Grub Street has learned from another source near the project that the likely new tenant of the spot will be none other than Silvano Marchetto, the eponymous owner of Da Silvano across the street. It will be he, or at least his representatives, who seeks Community Board 2’s approval tonight. But a new Boqueria is definitely on the way, somewhere. Just not on Downing Street. Earlier: Coming Soon: Boqueria, Part Dos
  30. NewsFeed
    Death & Co. Fights SLA, and We Have the Papers In an article in The Villager this week, State Liquor Authority spokesman Bill Crowley claims that Death & Co. has lost its license to serve and could be closed for “illegally trafficking alcohol.” But partner David Kaplan disputes the story.
  31. NewsFeed
    SLA Tells PM to Take the Month OffDown by the Hipster brings news that the State Liquor Authority will suspend PM’s liquor license for 30 days in January owing to a history of underage drinking, disorderly conduct, physical altercations, and yadda yadda. We’re not sure how this will affect Kyky and Unik’s plan to do something in the Sascha space (assuming they still have a claim on it), but it should make them even more eager to get their hands on 1 OAK (assuming they are indeed partnering with Emilio Barletta, the restaurateur who is suing for the space). We just called Kyky, and he says he knows nothing about the ruling, despite the documentation on DBTH — a shout-out to that site for being ahead of the curve? Related: Breaking News: PM Lounge Shut Down [Down by the Hipster] Earlier: PM Owners to Open Harlem Restaurant, Bistro-Bakery-Club in Sascha Space Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano War With “Jealous Competitors” Kyky and Unik of PM
  32. NewsFeed
    Update: Le Souk Back After Flame-Permit SuspensionAnd just like that, the mystery behind Le Souk’s weeklong closure is solved. A rep from the SLA tells us that the restaurant was suspended from October 19 until the 29th and fined $12,000 for failing to produce an open-flame permit on August 13, 2005, and failing to produce a Certificate of Occupancy and an assembly permit on January 5, 2006. Seven other charges were dismissed. Is this the end of it? You bet not! “There are still open cases which will be addressed in the future,” the SLA rep assures. In the meantime the place will be open for business tonight, so undo those top three buttons and party down. Earlier: Is Le Souk Finally Sunk?
  33. NewsFeed
    Is Le Souk Finally Sunk?The fate of beleaguered boîte 205 was to be decided today by the State Liquor Authority, but as tends to happen, the hearing has been held over till the next meeting. Meanwhile there’s evidence that another protracted case has been resolved: A friend of Grub Street tried to go to Le Souk last night only to find it closed. Her waiter at a nearby Moroccan restaurant (who happened to have worked at Le Souk) told her it has been shuttered for a week but didn’t know anything more. Since last December the place had been operating under a temporary license while it awaited word on the status of its renewal request. Can we take it the SLA has denied it once and for all? We’ve asked the Authority for the official word, but if you have any insight, do leave a comment. Update: It would seem that Souk gang was merely on suspension after a nasty flame-permit issue — and seven other charges, which have since been dropped.
  34. Mediavore
    De Marco’s Maniac Caught On Tape; NYC Denied Shamrock ShakesThe NYPD releases a surveillance video of the De Marco’s gun battle. It’s difficult to make out, but very graphic and not a little disturbing. [WNBC] Brace yourselves: McDonald’s has decreed that there will be no more Shamrock Shakes in NYC, although they’re still widely available elsewhere. What’s up with that? [NYDN] The Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group is enjoying a sudden bidding war for its acquisition, after having already accepted a good offer. [Crain’s]
  35. Back of the House
    Liquor Task Force Giving Restaurateurs the ShakesAlcohol is the lifeblood of the restaurant business. (We would liked to have said wine, which sounds less vulgar, but you can’t charge a 400 percent markup on that.) In light of the city’s recent nightclub murders, and with a growing number of protests over bar-generated noise, the State Liquor Authority is taking a verrry close look at who’s getting liquor licenses these days, and the hospitality business as a whole is getting nervous — morning-shakes nervous. This fear seems increasingly well founded. Crain’s reports that the SLA is now forming a “task force” to look into how licenses are issued. (Registration’s required to read the article.) Even in areas like Queens, local politicians are calling for a tightening, if not an outright ban, on new permits. “The blockade of issuing licenses to bars has hurt the restaurant business too,” Uovo owner Matt Hamilton told Eater in September, after his restaurant closed about a year into a license-less existence. The board is already so restrictive that before chocolate entrepreneur Richard Perl could open the Chocolat Michel Cluizel store in ABC Carpet & Home, he was forced to get a full liquor license in order to sell Kirsch-filled chocolate-covered cherries. Poor restaurateurs! They’re as alcohol-dependent, in their own way, as a red-eyed grill man the morning after.