Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brooklyn Paper: some contradictions in the Prime 6 story about bottle service; Capital NY: owner leaning toward "California cuisine"

The Brooklyn Paper reported yesterday, in In Prime 6 fight, the bar owner has two faces:
The owner of a controversial new bar in Park Slope maintains that his place will be a local eatery — but he told state liquor officials that the two-story, 230-person “lounge,” will hire four “security guards,” offer “bottle service” and have an outdoor “stand-up bar.”

Prime 6 will be a live music venue that caters both to Brooklynites and, “out-of-town patrons in anticipation of the Barclays stadium” that is rising one block away, according to a booze permit application filed by owner Akiva Ofshtein last year with the State Liquor Authority.

“It will offer several rooms for private parties, including a basement lounge [and] a large outdoor secluded-dining backyard to be enjoyed during the spring,” the application continued.
The hip hop controversy

And let's not forget Capital NY's piece last week, Flatbush Avenue freakout: How a race-baiting hoax hooked Bobo Brooklyn, briefly:
Two days after the moot community board hearing, an online petition unleashed a racial dimension that had been absent from the controversy. The petition, signed by a “Jennifer McMillen,” urged the owner to “embrace indie music” over a “full-on hip hop club,” although there hadn’t been any previous discussion of it being a rap lounge.

...Patch.com broadcast the petition, and the reaction on local blogs, launching the story into citywide and, ultimately, national and international news outlets.

But reporters looking for the movement behind the petition were soon frustrated. We could not find "Jennifer McMillen," or any record of her belonging to any local or neighborhood group, or any prior record of her living in Brooklyn. (Neither could The Wall Street Journal.)

Nor could neighbors remember the name from any neighborhood activities or organizations, or help indentify or locate her. And yet, suddenly, this lawyer from Midwood, who had never envisioned a "hip hop club," looked like the victim of rabid and rapidly institutionalizing racism in the swiftly-upward-moving (and increasingly white) area around Flatbush Avenue.

“The music thing is an aberration. That was never ever a concern of any of our neighbors,” said Steve Ettlinger. “It’s a complete distraction. It’s a free-for-all and an indictment of the web.”
Note the ending:
“I wanted to make something a little more high-end,” [Ofshtein] told Capital. “Maybe a steakhouse. But now I’m leaning more and more towards California cuisine.”

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