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15 East 15th Street (aka 19 East 15th Street, b/w USQ & 5th): Steeplechase Inc.. d.b.a. Park Bar - application for the renewal of an on-premises liquor license

WHEREAS, Steeplechase, Inc. ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to renew its on premises liquor license for the ground floor bar located at 15 East 15th Street (aka 19 East 15th Street), New York, New York (between Union Square West and Fifth Avenue) (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises consists of 679 square feet of indoor space on the ground floor; and

WHEREAS, The Premises is operated exclusively as a bar, with a total of 6 tables and 42 seats, with light food service; and

WHEREAS, Total capacity of the Premises is 74; and

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

WHEREAS, The Premises has large windows all along the wall of the Premises on 15th Street (the "Window Wall"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises has been operated for several years without incident, except for patrons drinking illegally on the sidewalk adjacent to the Window Wall; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant has agreed that Applicant shall:

1.      instruct staff and management that under no circumstances are alcoholic beverages to be passed through the windows to patrons on the sidewalk, nor are patrons to be permitted to leave the Premises with alcoholic beverages in hand; and obtain commitment from each staff member to enforce same;

2.      take full responsibility for full compliance with the law in prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the exterior of the Premises; and

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

WHEREAS, No members of the public expressed any other concerns regarding the operation of the Premises and no members of the public opposed the conditions and stipulations agreed to by the Applicant; 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 Joe Regale 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 Steeplechase, Inc. to renew its on premises liquor license for the ground floor bar located at 15 East 15th Street (aka 19 East 15th Street), New York, New York (between Union Square West and Fifth Avenue), 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 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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