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Public Safety & Quality of Life

380 Fifth Avenue (35th/36th Sts.), Chonnie Ahn d/b/a Judy & Manhattan Inc., application for an on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, The applicants, Judy & Manhattan, Inc., have notified CB5 of their intention to apply for an on-premises liquor license at 380 Fifth Avenue (35th/36th Streets); and

WHEREAS, The proposed operation of 2000 square feet and a total capacity of 60 was presented to the Public Safety/Quality of Life (PS/QL) Committee of CB5 as a "high-end Japanese restaurant" with a kitchen; and

WHEREAS, The floor plan shows that there is no kitchen, but rather a set up for a bar/lounge, with a sushi line overlaid on top of what was a bar floor plan (and an existing karaoke bar); and

WHEREAS, There will be no lunch service (the hours of operation are 5:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., seven days a week), and the lease specifically states that this space is to be used exclusively as a bar & lounge, with absolutely no cooking; and

WHEREAS, The applicant, who has no background or experience in the restaurant business, was not present at the committee meeting and was represented by a liquor license expediter who could not clarify the discrepancies the committee pointed out and questioned; and

WHEREAS, The information submitted on the PS/QL Committee's questionnaire and by the expediter was in conflict with and a misrepresentation of the information on the floor plan and in the lease; and

WHEREAS, The committee was unable to determine the true method of operation at the premises; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the request for an on-premises liquor license for Judy & Manhattan, Inc., located at 380 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, due to the misrepresentation of information regarding its method of operation and what is prohibited in the lease.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 25 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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