West Side Rag » Liquor license approvals reveal changes to neighborhood favorites and new restaurant openings


Posted on May 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. by West Side Rag

By Maya Mau

The following restaurants applied for amended or new liquor licenses at the CB7 Business and Consumer Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 11:

Ashoka, an Indian restaurant located at 489 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th Streets), requested a class change. Since opening about five years ago, they have only served beer and wine, but now they hope to serve alcohol as well. The committee voted unanimously in favour.

Fred’s, an American hamburger restaurant located at 476 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd Street), has applied for a new temporary retail license. David, the current owner, plans to continue to be the face of the operation, but he and his family have health issues, so official ownership is transferring. From the customer’s point of view, everything at Fred will remain the same. The committee approved the request and expressed their appreciation for the restaurant.

Gennaro, a Mediterranean Italian fine-dining restaurant located at 665 Amsterdam Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd Streets), has held a wine and beer license for its indoor space for many years and hopes to extend this license to a sidewalk cafe and a tent. exterior. The restaurant has been open since 1996 and nothing else would be changed. The committee voted unanimously in favour.

Lolo is on Broadway opens at 2799 Broadway (at 108th Street). Owner Leticia Young runs LoLo’s Seafood Shack on 116th Street (between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave) for eight years. Young describes the new location as a “Cape Town and Caribbean mashup.” Young’s husband, Raymond Mohan, is the executive chef. They’ve worked in the restaurant industry for decades and look forward to opening the brand “to be more inclusive and focus on brunch.” The committee approved the application and expressed enthusiasm for Young and Mohan’s new venture.

Jazz Genius Corporation opens a basement spot at 105 West 72nd Street (Columbus Avenue), with a name to be determined. They applied for a two-year liquid license and plan to have an “American” menu: comfort food at reasonable prices. At night, they will present live jazz trios and quartets. Eventually, they hope to do a weekend jazz brunch, in addition to a free weekly jazz education program to help teach people about jazz’s place in our culture and history. Some members of the community have expressed concern about potential noise, which Marc Rabinowitz (the owner) has attempted to assuage by emphasizing soundproofing plans for the area. The liquor request was approved by the committee, with the understanding that Rabinowitz would come up with a comprehensive plan to minimize noise pollution in the community.

Nominations will be voted on by the Board of Directors on June 7.

To note: At the bottom of the agenda was an entry stating that a liquor license hearing for “2624-2626 Broadway (West 99th) Metrocinema 1, LLC d/b/a To Be Determined”. We are expecting an announcement regarding the development of the Metro Theater very soon!


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