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A new restaurant with bar called PRIME 135 is planning to open at 135 Seventh Avenue South and 163 West 10th St. and is requesting a FULL liquor license in this primarily residential building, which already houses another (soon to open) establishment with a full liquor license.

PRIME 135 would have 2 establishments: a full-service restaurant with sidewalk cafe on 7th Ave., as well as a "sandwich shop" up the steps and inside the residential entrance on W. 10th St. The owner is requesting a closing time of 1 and 2 a.m. for both spaces.

Two full liquor licenses, and in effect, two restaurants in this more than 100-year-old, poorly insulated tenement building are untenable, and will have a dramatic impact on the quality of life for residents.

The ground-floor space formerly housed a hair salon, a series of retail stores, and a barbershop. THERE IS NO PRECEDENT FOR A FULL LIQUOR LICENSE HERE. Tanti Bacci, the restaurant formerly located in the basement at 163, operated an outdoor cafe and a tiny dining room annex around the corner on 7th Ave; but they had only a beer and wine license and closed by eleven, midnight on weekends.

There are over 30 premises with liquor licenses within a two-block radius of this address. THE RESIDENTS OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD CANNOT ABIDE ANOTHER FULL LIQUOR LICENSE!!!

Our neighborhood has become a "night-life corridor," our sidewalks filled with drunken revelers every night of the week. Our narrow streets echo with blasting music and shouting well past midnight. Bar owners ignore the legal requirement to close windows and doors at a reasonable hour.


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EMAIL Community Board 2's SLA (i.e., liquor license) committee:

ATTEND the hearing, and please sign up to speak--there's strength in numbers, and our voices must be heard.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, 6:30 PM, Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway (between Prince and Spring Streets), Auditorium

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