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30 West 22nd Street – 21st Street Partners, LLC (Formerly “Lola’s”) Liquor License Application

WHEREAS, 21st Street Partners, LLC, (formerly “Lola’s”) has applied for an on-premises liquor license for the premises at 30 West 22nd Street; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, Greg Brier, will open a first class restaurant, has 15 years experience in the restaurant business and has operated other successful restaurants, i.e., Pacific East and Pacific Time; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has employed professional chef Gabrielle Hackman, who has owned four successful restaurants and was recently the executive chef at “Santa Café” in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and

WHEREAS, There are no changes in capacity (200) or square footage (5,000) of the premises, there will be no request for a sidewalk café or cabaret and the restaurant will remain open only if the kitchen is serving; and

WHEREAS, While this location, which has had a liquor license for the past 20 years (“Lola’s”), is within the moratorium area of Community Board Five (20th, 21st, and 22nd Streets), there have never been complaints to the Community Board regarding the premises; and

WHEREAS, The Van Alen Institute, a non-for-profit owner of the building that has occupied the sixth floor since 1983 and is considered to be a good neighbor with a concern for the street and the community, decided in June of 2004 not to renew “Lola’s” lease as they were becoming increasingly disappointed with “Lola’s” operations and felt that the location could attract a more upscale and first class restaurateur; and

WHEREAS, The Van Alen Institute stated in a letter to Community Board Five that they wanted to assure the Board that they wish to associate themselves with a tenant who would enhance the long-term image and value of their property, and that they are seeking a tenant who will not only reflect well on their organization but will also serve as a benefit for the block as well as the neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, The applicant and the Van Alen Institute understand the nature and history of the problems in this area and the concerns of the residents on a block that is so fragile due to the high number of liquor licenses in the area and accordingly the applicant has signed the attached affidavit; and

WHEREAS, The applicant is aware that this location falls within the Ladies Mile Historic District and understands that no alteration can be made to the exterior (including signage, windows, roof, doors, lighting, etc.) without approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the on-premises liquor license for 21st Street Partners, LLC, located at 30 West 22nd Street, based on the above information, the attached affidavit, the applicant’s/chef’s backgrounds and the stated intention of the owner of the building; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five respectfully requests that the SLA consider the application for this liquor license and that this affidavit (below) be attached and considered a stipulation to the liquor license for the premises at 30 West 22nd Street.

MANHATTAN COMMUNITY BOARD FIVE

450 SEVENTH AVENUE, SUITE 2109

NEW YORK, N. Y. 10123

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