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Public Safety & Quality of Life

30 West 26th Street (6th Avenue and Broadway) – HILL COUNTRY NEW YORK, LLC, d/b/a “HILL COUNTRY”. – On-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, Hill Country New York, LLC, d/b/a “Hill Country” is applying for an on-premises liquor license at 30 West 26th Street, between 6th Avenue & Broadway; and

WHEREAS, This location/operation is two floors of 4,500 square feet each, will be a “family style” Texas barbecue restaurant, will have total capacity of 200, and is in a non-residential building; and

WHEREAS, The hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 midnight, and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and

WHEREAS, The meats “smoker” room will be behind closed, air tight, glass doors with a special holding place in order to alleviate odors and venting will comply with code; and

WHEREAS, The basement will have live music and a cabaret license will be sought, however, the lease specifies that “Tenant’s Cabaret License may only be used in conjunction with and as integral part of Tenant’s restaurant business….will not be used in conjunction with a stand alone bar, salon, after hour’s club, private members club, dancehall, nightclub or discotheque” – (a representative of the landlord attended the PSQL meeting); and

WHEREAS, One of the owners, John Shaw, who attended the Public Safety/Quality of Life (PSQL) Committee Meeting on June 5, 2006, assured the PSQL Committee that he and his partner, Marc Glosserman, will abide by the recommendation of CB 5 when they apply for a sidewalk café and that should it be approved, the café as well as any open windows will close at 10 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Shaw is an accomplished operator of several nationally acclaimed restaurants in New York and San Francisco (Bouley, Nice Ventures, and Union Square Hospitality Group) and will run the day-to-day operations of Hill Country; and

WHEREAS, Elizabeth Karmel, Executive Chef, is a grilling and barbecue information resource for the country’s media and food writers, chefs and cookbook authors and is regarded as America’s female grilling and barbecue expert; and

WHEREAS, Bobby Richter, Pit Master, has won numerous competitions including state championships in New York (2005), Connecticut (2003) as well as being the founder of Big Island Bar-Be-Que in New York; and

WHEREAS, In the event the premises are to be sold, the owners will notify the Community Board before finalizing the sale; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval for an on-premises liquor license for Hill Country New York, LLC, d/b/a “Hill Country”, located at 30 West 26th Street.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 35 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.  

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