PETITION IN FAVOR OF A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE FOR A RESTAURANT AT 18 GREENWICH AVENUE
Carlos Suarez (or Corporation To Be Formed) has submitted an application to the State Liquor Authority for a New License to sell liquor on premises at 18 Greenwich Avenue, the former Village Paper Store location. The business plan for the premises includes the following: 1. A fully licensed restaurant open from 7AM to 1AM daily. 2. A 20-seat sidewalk café. 3. A working roof garden, visible from the street. 4. A ground floor with a 65-seat dining room and a 12-stool bar. 5. A basement floor with a 30-seat dining room. 6. A school food program for neighborhood children. 7. Serving affordable, locally sourced, high quality food and drink.
As neighborhood residents, we strongly support Mr. Suarez's application. Mr. Suarez has already demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the community and his concept for 18 Greenwich Avenue is an exciting development for the community, offering additional scenic beauty, educational programs for children, a school food program and affordable quality food in a family friendly environment.
We believe that the Business Committee unfairly opposed this application on 7/13 based on the fact that they had previously denied Pieces, a BAR that applied to operate until 4AM and whose representatives didn't even show up for their hearing. While we wholeheartedly support that denial, we do not feel it has any bearing on Mr. Suarez's application, other than to highlight how commendable his concept is in light of other operators.
It is specifically because we share our fellow neighbors' concerns for the quality of life in our community that we support this application - we welcome such an asset in such a historically beloved location. The application will go in front of the Full Board of Manhattan’s Community Board 2 on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM at Elizabeth Irwin High School, 40 Charlton St., Auditorium. We urge the Full Board to APPROVE this application.