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BatteryPark.TV was informed today by the New York State Liquor Authority that the application filed by the Pier A restaurant group (The Poulakakos family and the Dermott Company) for Pier A deviates considerably from the information given to the Community Board 1. A public hearing will be allowed, after all, despite claims to the contrary by Peter Poulakakos.
In the official resolution passed by the CB1, that was delivered to the SLA in support of the 4:00 AM liquor license for Pier A, it states that there are not more than three other liquor licenses within 500-feet of Pier A. BP.TV exclusively learned that, in fact, there are eight liquor licenses within 500-feet of the Pier A restaurant at 22 Battery Place, zip code 10280. Several of them are “booze cruise” companies. The others are the Ritz-Carlton, Gigino, Osteria Casano, and “Just an Oven”.
This is important because the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) will not allow a public hearing to debate a pending liquor license if there are not at least three existing liquor licenses within 500-feet of the new applicant. Because there are in fact several within 500-feet, the SLA has set a date of April 24th for an open meeting to hear the case against allowing the Pier a license.
A far more serious discrepancy has also been discovered by BP.TV. The Pier A group has filed for a full cabaret liquor license, despite pitching to the CB1 that they wanted a mere banquet/restaurant liquor license.
According to a person with experience challenging New York liquor licenses, the cabaret application is a big red flag that indicates Pier A could be a full scale nightclub. The “restaurant” is nothing more than a Trojan Horse.
The SLA requires a resolution in support of liquor license applications. Given that the resolution from CB1 on file has numerous serious factual errors, it does not seem to be a valid resolution.
The SLA hearing on the Pier A application will take place at 11:00 AM on April 24th. The location is 317 Lenox Avenue, 4th floor.