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11-13 West 32 Street, 5West 36th Restaurant LLC, application for an on-premises liquor license.

WHEREAS, 5 West 36th Street Restaurant Corp. is applying for an on-premises liquor license for the premises at 11-13 West 32nd Street – 5th Floor; and

WHEREAS, The premises, with 5000 square feet and a total capacity of 110 will be operating from 5:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday – Wednesday, and 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Thursday and Friday as a karaoke bar with eight separate private rooms off the main bar; and

 WHEREAS, There is concern regarding the size of this operation (5000 square feet) that could accommodate a much larger number of patrons; and

WHEREAS, There are two other operations with liquor licenses already in the same building (one is a Karaoke bar) and numerous liquor license establishments on this heavily congested block; and

WHEREAS, The increase of patrons from yet another liquor establishment impacts a changing neighborhood, i.e., a new residential building of approximately 38 floors around the corner on 5th Avenue, between 32nd and 33rd; and

WHEREAS, There are safety concerns since the building (office building) was not intended to accommodate an operation of this nature, i.e., smokers having to leave premises, ability to vacate the premises should there be a fire, etc.); therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the on-premises liquor license for 5 West 36th Restaurant Corp, located at 11-13 West 32nd Street, for the above stated reasons and concerns.

The above resolution recommending approval by a vote of 21 in favor; 6 opposed; 1 abstention.

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