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4 West 19th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), HOSPITALITY RESTAURANT CORP. D/B/A "NASHA RASHA", APPLICATION TO ALTER AN EXISTING ON PREMISES LIQUOR LICENSE in the RESTRICTED LICENSING AREA

WHEREAS, HOSPITALITY RESTAURANT CORP. ("Applicant"), has notified Community Board Five of its intention to apply to alter its existing on premises liquor license for the ground floor restaurant known as "Nasha Rasha" located at 4 West 19th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), New York, New York (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, The Premises consists of 1,636 square feet of space on the ground floor, and the basement is to be used only for storage, bathrooms, offices and possible prep area; and

WHEREAS, The Premises is operated as a first class restaurant, with 14 tables and 52 seats (including banquette seating) in the dining area and, in the bar/lounge area, 9 bar stools, (including banquette seating), 4 seats in the waiting area; and

WHEREAS, The Premises is located within CB5's Restricted Licensing Area and the operation complies with the requirements related thereto; and

WHEREAS, Applicant wishes to make the following alterations to its method of operation:

WHEREAS, The Applicant has agreed that Applicant shall:

a.         operate the Premises as a first class restaurant with seated bar and dining service only, with use as a lounge only ancillary to such restaurant use (collectively, "Restaurant Use").  Private parties shall be deemed included in Restaurant Use but promoter-driven events are specifically excluded from Restaurant Use. 

b.         not use any promoters at any time;

c.         stop serving alcohol and food at the following times:

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

e.         charge no cover to enter the restaurant at any time;

f.          have background music, and in no event shall a DJ, or dancing ever be permitted at the Premises, except as specifically provided for herein;

g.         have a live violinist or pianist only, and between the hours of 6pm to midnight only;

h.         have a karaoke machine on Mondays and Tuesday only, and between the hours of 7pm and midnight only;

i.          not alter the design or scheme of the restaurant in any way to accommodate the karaoke machine;

j.          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;

k.         arrange for private garbage pick-up and its garbage will be stored in a manner so as not to cause a disturbance or annoyance to its neighbors;

l.          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, No members of the public appeared to object to this application; 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 Kris Senevi 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, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by HOSPITALITY RESTAURANT CORP. to alter its existing on premises liquor license for the ground floor restaurant known as "Nasha Rasha" located at 4 West 19th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), 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 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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