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BO’S BONTEMPS LLC d/b/a “BO’S”, 6 West 24th Street (between Sixth Avenue and Broadway), Application for an alteration to an existing liquor license

WHEREAS, Steven Kristel on behalf of BO'S BONTEMPS LLC D/B/A "BO'S"("Applicant") has notified Community Board Five of its intention to apply for an alteration to an existing on-premises liquor license for a bar/restaurant located at 6 West 24th Street (between Sixth Avenue and Broadway), New York, New York (the "Premises"); and

WHEREAS, In April 2013, Applicant appeared before CB5 in connection with its original application for an on-premises liquor license; and

WHEREAS, At that time, Applicant delivered an executed affidavit whereby Applicant agreed to various conditions and stipulations, upon which CB5 relied for recommending approval of the on-premises liquor license, which affidavit is attached hereto; and

WHEREAS, Among other conditions and stipulations, Applicant agreed to hours of operation from 11am to 2am daily; and

WHEREAS, Applicant now seeks an alteration to its on-premises liquor license to extend its hours of operation until 4am; and

WHEREAS, The block of West 24thth St. between Sixth Avenue and Broadway and the immediate vicinity has seen a significant increase explosion in activity, with many storefronts switching from wholesalers to bars and/or restaurants within the past 3 years; and

WHEREAS, That same location has simultaneously seen an increase in the number of residential units occupying the same space; and

WHEREAS, CB5 has found that reasonable operating hours has been the single most effective way to balance a significant growth in liquor licensing with the quality of life in such a dense and mixed neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, The 2am closing time for numerous establishments near this location has had a tremendously positive impact on the quality of life in that area; and

WHEREAS, Members of the community sent letters to CB5 and members of the public appeared to testify in person in opposition to a change in the Applicant's hours of operation, citing an increase in the number of licensed establishments around that location and the potential for exceeding a "tipping point" in the nature of the block; and

WHEREAS, Those same members of the community testified that the 2am restriction has been an effective means to accommodate the growth in liquor licenses in the area; and

WHEREAS, CB5 believes that the affidavit restricting the Applicant's hours of operation to 2am should continue to be enforced; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by BO'S BONTEMPS LLC D/B/A "BO'S"for an alteration to an existing on-premises liquor license for a bar/restaurant located at 6 West 24th Street (between Sixth Avenue and Broadway), New York, New York, to alter its method of operation to extend hours later than previously agreed..

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