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27 West 24th St. - (Junoon): application for a new on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, JUNOON, NYC LLC ("Applicant") has notified Community Board Five of its intention to file an application for a new on premises liquor license on the ground floor and basement of the store located at 27 West 24th Street (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises consists of 7,000 square feet of space on the ground floor, and the basement is to be used only for storage, bathrooms, offices and prep area; and

WHEREAS, The Premises will be operated as a first-class restaurant featuring the Indian and other cuisine of Vikas Khanna, an internationally-known, successful, and highly-regarded chef; and

WHEREAS, Rajesh Bhardwaj, who owns and operates the national "Cafe Spice" chain of restaurants, will be the controlling owner and sole manager of the restaurant's operations; and

WHEREAS, The Premises will have an occupancy of two hundred seventy five (275) persons ("Maximum Occupancy"), will have forty five (45) tables, two hundred (200) chairs, and fifteen (15) bar stools.  There will be one (1) patron bar and no service bars; and

WHEREAS, The hours of operation of the Premises shall be as follows:

 

Monday:         11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Tuesday:        11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Wednesday:   11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Thursday:      11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Friday:            11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Saturday:       11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Sunday:          11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

 

WHEREAS, Applicant shall:

  1. construct the Premises substantially in accordance with the plans annexed hereto.   Applicant will make no substantial change in or to the Premises without the consent of CB5;
  2. strictly comply with and adhere to the plans for the operation of the business, as set forth herein;
  3. cause an alteration of the certificate of occupancy affecting the Premises to reflect the Maximum Occupancy as stipulated herein;
  4. have background music only, and in no event shall a DJ, live music or dancing ever be permitted at the Premises, nor shall Applicant ever operate a cabaret on the Premises;
  5. not utilize an exterior "velvet rope" door policy;
  6. discourage patrons from congregating in front of the Premises and encourage that they leave the Premises in a respectful manner;
  7. discourage the parking of idling cabs, limousines and other vehicles on the street in front of the Premises and arrange for valet service and off-site waiting areas for town cars to prevent street congestion by vehicles;
  8. not use outside promoters at any time, nor operate the Premises as a catering hall or private party space, or by any person other than Applicant whether under a rental or other arrangement;
  9. meet with neighbors and CB5 on a regular basis as requested to address any complaints from the community; and

 

WHEREAS, Should Applicant ever contemplate a transfer of its interest in the operation at the Premises ("transfer" being deemed to include a change in control of an entity or the transfer of a majority interest in an entity), Applicant shall notify CB5 before such transfer is made and shall require any transferee to agree to the conditions and stipulations contained herein; and

WHEREAS, Should Rajesh Bhardwaj ever contemplate a transfer of his controlling interest in Applicant so that he does not have a controlling management interest in Applicant ("transfer" being deemed to include a change in control of an entity or the transfer of a majority interest in an entity), notice shall be given to CB5 before such transfer is made and any transferee shall be required to agree to the conditions and stipulations contained herein; and

WHEREAS, These agreements, stipulations and conditions will be incorporated into the Method of Operation as part of the liquor license application submitted by Applicant to the New York State Liquor Authority, a copy of which shall be simultaneously submitted to CB5; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Fiverecommends denial of the on premises liquor license for JUNOONNYC LLC for 27 West 24th Street unless the above conditions are adhered to and are incorporated into the method of operation of the State Liquor Authority application.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 33 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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