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24 East 21st Street (BW/PAS), MULTIMILES LLC D/B/A/ ALMAYASS, Application for a new on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, Bernard Balikian, Alidz Alexandrian and Varak Alexandrian, on behalf of Multimiles LLC ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of the Applicant's intention to apply for a new liquor license for the ground floor restaurant to be located at the premises leased to Applicant at 24 East 21st Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South), New York, New York (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises consists of approximately 4,300 square feet, divided between the ground floor, which will include the public dining space, and the basement floor, which will consist only of storage and food preparation space; and

WHEREAS, The Premises will be operated exclusively as a restaurant, with a total of approximately 17-20 tables, 70-75 seats, and 12 bar stools, with a full kitchen; and

WHEREAS. The total capacity of the Premises is 173; and

WHEREAS, The Premises includes 1 patron bar and no service bars;

WHEREAS, The Premises were formerly used as a restaurant with no negative impact on the surrounding community; and

WHEREAS, Applicant is family owned and operated with extensive experience running a highly reputable restaurant overseas; and they agree to/that

1.                  keep the establishment exclusively as a restaurant, with hours of operation Sunday through Wednesday from 12pm to 12am, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12pm - 1am;

2.                  not apply for a cabaret license or a sidewalk cafe;

3.                  not hire outside promoters;

4.                  not incorporate a DJ or live music, and agree to keep the stereo ambient music conducive to an eating establishment only;

5.                  private parties shall be deemed included in restaurant use but promoter-driven public events are specifically excluded from restaurant use;

6.                  at all times use best efforts to (i) maintain order both inside and outside of the Premises; (ii) ensure that patrons enter and leave the Premises in a peaceful, quiet and respectful manner; (iii) discourage patrons from congregating outside the Premises, and (iv) use best efforts to clear the area outside the Premises of all patrons immediately after closing;

7.                  not utilize an exterior "velvet rope" door policy. Exterior queuing required for purposes of maintaining legal capacity shall be permitted so long as Applicant has an employee responsible for maintaining the orderliness of patrons;

8.                  meet with neighbors and CB5 if requested and shall provide a 24-hour hotline to a live manager or owner to immediately 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 Bernard Balikian, Alidz Alexandrian and Varak Alexandrian ever contemplate a transfer of their 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 Five recommends denial of the application by Multimiles LLC for a new liquor license at 24 East 21st Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South), New York, New York,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 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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