Monday, April 23, 2012

Community Board 6 committee tonight hears presentations on liquor license applications for Kemistry Lounge and Barclays Center

The last two items on the long agenda for a Community Board 6 Public Safety/Environmental Protection/Permits/Licenses committee meeting tonight involve a controversial venue near the Barclays Center and the arena itself, about which the committee postponed a vote, requesting further community outreach:
Continued presentation and review of an on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of Kemistry Entertainment Group dba Kemistry Lounge at 260 Flatbush Avenue (between St. Mark's / Prospect Places).

Continued presentation and review of an on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of Levy Premium Foodservice, LP and Brooklyn Events Center, LLC at the Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue (between Flatbush/5th Avenues).
The meeting starts at 6:30 pm. The location:
Prospect Park YMCA
357 9th Street, 7th floor
(between 5th & 6th Avenues)

3 comments:

  1. Prospect Place Neighbors is looking forward to the CB6 meeting tonight. We worked hard to negotiate in good faith with Kemistry under an artificially compressed schedule of Kemistry's own making. While agreement was reached on some stipulations, on the most significant ones - bottle service, hours, and the back entrance, an agreement could not be reached.

    Kemistry continues to maintain that hostess served hard alcohol bottle service is essential for both its bottom line and its customers, though no other bar in the surrounding neighborhood have found it necessary to offer this to their customers. On hours, Kemistry and the BID have presented at least 4 different versions -- on this matter we still do not know what Kemistry intends or whether they will be amending their CB6 questionnaire with a new business plan. And on the final point, the back entrance, Kemistry has reneged on its public agreement from the last CB6 meeting to "brick up" the back entrance.

    Though we believed from the beginning that Kemistry is simply not site appropriate given the block and the surrounding businesses and residents, we honored the CB6 request to sit down, talk, and negotiate in the pursuit of something that could work for all concerned. Unfortunately Kemistry was unwilling or unable to reflect community input on key provisions, and hence we are deadlocked. As such, we hope that CB6 will choose to recommend a denial of the alcohol license by the SLA.

    Prospect Place Neighbors
    prospectplaceneighbors@gmail.com
    Twitter: @ProspectPl
    Web: http://prospectplaceneighbors.org

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  2. Anonymous12:52 AM

    For a group of so called " concerned citizens" , they all left the venue without responding to the most important itm on the agenda that will directly effect their quality of life issues, and that was the Barclays Arena liquor license. The license for Barclays arena was approved without any stipulations including a cut off time.

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  3. Actually, it was approved w/stipulations (tho not cut off time), though the question is whether such stipulations have teeth

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