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676 Sixth Avenue – Molo Lounge, Inc. d/b/a “Sensa Restaurant” (Formerly “The Tomato Restaurant”)

WHEREAS, Molo Lounge, Inc., d/b/a “Sensa Restaurant” located at 676 Sixth Avenue,  (formerly known as “The Tomato Restaurant”) is requesting an on-premises liquor license; and

WHEREAS, The names of the principals are Anastassios Kaporis, Constantine Plagos, Costakis A. Constantinou, Emanuel Kanaris, Fotios S. Mihas and Nick Plagos; and

WHEREAS, Anastassios Kaporis and Costakis Constantinou are both restaurateurs who have been operating successful similar operations (24-hour diners with liquor licenses) at 79th Street and Broadway (Yorkville Restaurant), 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue (Venus Diner), 89th Street and Third Avenue (Stargate Diner), and 1580 Third Avenue (TDC Café Corp.); and

WHEREAS, The premises, which are approximately 2,500 square feet with an occupancy of less than 100 people and a basement for storage, etc., are to be operated as a diner with a Mediterranean flair; and

WHEREAS, The hours of operation are to be from 11a.m. to 11p.m. in the 1st phase (approx three months), and the owners will notify the Community Board prior to changing their hours to 24/7; and

WHEREAS, If approved, they will operate a sidewalk café but have agreed to close the café at 11 p.m. every night; and

WHEREAS, The owners understand that the community surrounding the premises has specific concerns regarding this and two other adjoining blocks (20th, 21st and 22nd Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, which comprise CB 5’s liquor license “Moratorium” area) and therefore have agreed to and signed an affidavit with the following stipulations: The owners will:

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the on-premises liquor license for Molo Lounge, Inc., d/b/a “Sensa Restaurant”, located at 676 Sixth Avenue, provided the attached stipulations are upheld; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five respectfully requests of the State Liquor Authority that this affidavit be accepted, attached and considered a stipulation to the liquor license for these premises.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 26 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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