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17 East 27th Street (5th /Madison) - BPC TRAPEZE 27, LLC On-Premises Liquor License (new)

WHEREAS, BPC Trapeze, LLC, has notified Community Board Five of their intent to apply for an on-premises liquor license, to operate as a restaurant at 17 East 27th Street, New York, NY (a neighborhood of three hotels, condos and coops); and

WHEREAS, The applicants/owners will be: Peter & Erin Chase, Markos Drakotos, Albert Bitton, Joanna Kunze, and Douglas Fanning; and

WHEREAS, Peter & Erin Chase both graduated from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration with emphasis on real estate and Restaurant Operations and Development; and

WHEREAS, Peter Chase assisted in the opening of the Five Star-Five Diamond Hotel, the Four Seasons Chicago, assisted in the creation of Bice Chicago (one of Chicago's most successful restaurants), Coco Pazzo, Chicago, Mad 61 at Barney's, Amacord, managed Le Madri and owned Campagna in New York City; and

WHEREAS, Chef Rene Ortiz, has worked at Patria, Public and Odea, helped revamp Wildfire and Ocean Room in Australia and launched the Emerald Room at Industrie in the South of France before returning to NYC as Executive Chef of La Esquina; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five received a letter of support from a coop owner of the building of which the premises are a part, writing of his and other owners' "overwhelming enthusiasm" for the proposal; and

WHEREAS, The premises (presently a couples-only private club), which is on the ground floor abutting the back of The Prince George Hotel and the rear lobby of the coop building, has a square footage of 4,300 square feet with a total capacity of 144, (95 dining – with 33 tables and 49 bar); and

WHEREAS, There will be live music/piano jazz in the back portion of the premises that is separated from The Prince George Hotel by a concrete wall; and

WHEREAS, The restaurant will have a full kitchen and will operate Monday through Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.; and

WHEREAS, There will be no sidewalk café, no cabaret and no windows that open onto the street; and

WHEREAS, The applicants have assured the committee that they will not become a club/lounge; and

WHEREAS, The applicants/owners will not make any assignment of the lease to the premises without first notifying the Community Board and the buyers shall submit themselves to the Community board for its approval prior to any assignment being made or agreed to; and

WHEREAS, All of the foregoing conditions will be incorporated into the applicants' SLA Application's Method of Operation and will be submitted to CB5; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the on-premises restaurant liquor license for BPC Trapeze 27, LLC, located at 17 East 27th Street, NYC, with the above conditions incorporated into the applicants' SLA Application's Method of Operation.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstention.

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