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236 Fifth Avenue (Broadway and 5th Avenue) – IHI-NY, LLC – On-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, IHI-NY, LLC, is applying for an on-premises liquor license at 236 Fifth Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets); and

WHEREAS, This location/operation is two floors totaling 9,700 square feet that includes a basement and ground floor with a mezzanine, will be a full service restaurant serving Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, will have total capacity of 350, and is in a non-residential building; and

WHEREAS, The basement will be used for the kitchen and storage, and the mezzanine may be reduced or eliminated (about 2000 square feet), reducing the square footage and total capacity; and

WHEREAS, The hours of operation will be Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and

WHEREAS, The owner, Philippe G. Massoud, who attended the Public Safety/Quality of Life (PSQL) Committee Meeting on June 5, 2006, affirmed, as stated in his application, that there will be no open windows, no cabaret, and no sidewalk café; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Massoud is sensitive to CB 5’s concerns regarding noise and its impact on the area, and therefore will install special soundproofing and in the event the premises are to be sold, will notify the community board before finalizing the sale of the premises; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Massoud has successfully operated numerous establishments of high repute in New York (Chez Josephine, Carmines), Washington, D.C (Regional and Concept Director for Capital Restaurant Concepts), and elsewhere; and

WHEREAS, No one attended the PSQL meeting to speak in opposition to this operation; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval for an on-premises liquor license for IHI-NY, LLC, located at 236 Fifth Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 32 in favor, 3 opposed, 1 abstention.  

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