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37 West 17th St., Iron Star Inc. (Retreat) - application for a new on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, The applicant, Iron Star, Inc. (d/b/a "Retreat"), has notified Community Board Five of its intent to apply for a new on-premises liquor license for a bar/lounge to be located at 37 West 17th Street; and

WHEREAS, The premises is comprised of 1475 square feet of space on two floors; and

WHEREAS, The premises currently has a legal capacity of 75 patrons, which the applicant shall seek to increase to a capacity of 150 persons, and there is and will be one patron bar and one service bar; and

WHEREAS, Because of the restrictive design and layout of the premises, previous operations at the space have been the subject of complaints of overcrowding, overflow of clientele into the street and sidewalk, and other problems.

WHEREAS, With a proposed increase of the capacity from 75 to 150 patrons, such issues could only be exacerbated; and

WHEREAS, The proposed operator of the premises operates two other establishments, both of which were reported to be problematic to the community and suffering from poor management; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant's presentation to Community Board Five was unprofessional, consisted of a business plan that was neither practical nor well thought out, and did not demonstrate the business skill or potential expected of a party entitled to the privilege of holding a license to serve alcohol; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends DENIAL of the on-premises liquor license by Iron Star, Inc. (d/b/a "Retreat"), for a bar/lounge to be located at 37 West 17th Street.

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