We need your help to rally support for our Liquor License in Williamsburg.
One month ago, we attended a Community Board Hearing to gain approval for a Wine Bar at the corner of Driggs and Metropolitan. What was to be a rational discussion deteriorated into a public spectacle where a small but vocal group of residents refused to listen to our presentation. Without the opportunity to explain our concept or address their concerns, we were categorically denied approval, and with it, our ability to earn a living.
The most confusing part was the reason they refused the license. They contend our business would increase gang activity, the selling of drugs, disorderly conduct by drunken frat boys and public urination (please refer to related press links). Personally, we can’t think of one wine bar where this behavior would apply.
We understand every citizen's right to quality of life and we share the same concerns. We believe having a business in a neighborhood that attracts a respectful clientele is the best way to increase quality of life. By providing eyes and ears especially during hours when bad things happen, the chances that drug dealing and gang activity will take place are greatly reduced.
We have asked permission to address the larger Community Board meeting next week on September 9th, 6:30 PM at the Swinging 60's Senior Citizens Center, 211 Ainslie Street, Williamsburg. Please support us by signing this petition and forwarding it to your friends who live in Williamsburg. We would also really appreciate your attendance at the Board Meeting so please let us know if you plan on coming.
Thank you for your support!
Custom American Wine Bar is a Wine Bar specializing in 100% domestically sourced food, wine & spirits. Designed to meets the needs of the neighborhood, prices will be affordable, the atmosphere relaxed, and the hours of operation consistent. Wines from many diverse American regions will be offered at a price point that reflects the current economic climate. ($8-$12). The menu will focus on simple, regional American cuisine - served as small plates ranging from $5 to $9. Additionally, a limited selection of micro brews, brown liquors and cocktails will be offered showcasing the depth and quality of the beer & spirits produced in the US.
Stefan Mailvaganam – A New York City resident for over 10 years, Stefan is owner and manager of Bar Carrera, a Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar in Greenwich village. Prior to owning his own place, Stefan opened and managed Colors restaurant, the follow-up to Windows on the World and New York’s first cooperatively owned restaurant. He has also worked at Hearth, Tabla and was opening GM at Shorty’s 32 in Soho.
Dan Lathroum - a local resident of Williamsburg for over 7 years, Dan moved to New York from Maryland 18 years ago. Since then, he has dedicated himself to the hospitality business working for and managing at well respected restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern, Jean Georges, Hearth, Bar Veloce and the Modern.
Local Newspaper Report of the Meeting
Gang Activity and Wine Bars
Community Board Meeting Details