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79 MADISON AVENUE AT 28TH STREET, PRANNA HOSPITALITY INC. D/B/A "PRANNA", APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL OF AN ON PREMISES LIQUOR LICENSE

WHEREAS, RAJIV SHARMA, on behalf of PRANNA HOSPITALITY INC., ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to renew an existing liquor license for Pranna restaurant, bar, lounge located at 79 Madison Avenue, New York, New York (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, the Premises consist of an estimated 15,000 square feet of usable floor space. At present the Premises are subdivided as follows:

CELLAR LEVEL: Lounge (1,590sf), Coat Room (620sf), HVAC (380sf), Bathrooms (790sf) and Back of House (1,770sf)

MAIN LEVEL:            Main Dining Hall (1,440sf), Private Dining Area (450sf), Lounge Hall (420sf), Lounge Area (890sf), Bar Area (1,130sf), Bathrooms (190sf), Back of House (2,840sf) 

MEZZANINE LEVEL: Private Dining (660sf), Bar and Lounge (1,450sf), Back of House (670sf)

b. the Premises will be operated predominantly as a restaurant, bar and lounge;  and

WHEREAS, Applicant shall:

a.       operate the Premises as a restaurant, bar and lounge with seated bar and dining service, we are responsible at any time that an event or party is hosted or marketed by a third party (in whole or in part), and during such private events dancing may be allowed in the rented space only, in compliance with the Applicant's on-premises Catering License issued by the City of New York;

b.      continue to refrain from any use of promoters

c.       (i) at all times Applicant shall remain responsible for and in complete control of the Premises and its patrons and (ii) all material positions of operation shall be the employees of the Applicant at all times; and

d.      except on holidays and for private events, will stop serving alcohol at the following times, with the Premises cleared within thirty (30) minutes after closing:

                    i.            Sunday-Wednesday,  no later than 2:00 AM

                  ii.            Thursday-Saturday,  no later than 4:00 AM

e.       at all times when the Premises is being used for more than just restaurant use, maintain no less than six (6) dedicated security personnel in and in front of the Premises at all times and a Pranna event staff member to (i) guide guests as quickly as possible inside to an event or to the late-night lounge, preventing long lines outside of Premises; (ii) ensure that patrons enter and leave the Premises and 28th Street in a peaceful, quiet and respectful manner; (iii) discourage patrons from congregating outside the Premises, and (iv) use best efforts to have 28th Street cleared of all patrons within one-half hour of closing. Security personnel shall be employees of Applicant, or if third-party security personnel are used, such personnel shall at all times be directed and supervised by employees of Applicant;

f.       strictly comply with and adhere to the plans for the operation of the business, as set forth herein;

g.       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;

h.      provided it is permitted by all applicable zoning, building, fire and other codes, rules and regulations, Applicant will encourage its customers to use an outdoor area on the side of the Premises for smoking and shall discourage customers from loitering outside the Premises on 28th Street.;

i.        meet with neighbors and CB5 on a regular basis 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 Rajiv Sharma ever contemplate a transfer of his 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 renewal 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 PRANNA HOSPITALITY INC. to renew an existing liquor license for Pranna restaurant, bar, lounge located at 79 Madison Avenue, 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 41 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

 

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