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Some more bar and restaurant news from CB1

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Lots of action this month at CB1’s Licensing & Permits Committee, not the least of which is the news that longtime chair Jeff Ehrlich is leaving the board at the end of the month. In my few months of covering the committee, he was the good humored, good natured and intelligent voice at the head of the table. I am sure the community board is not happy he is retiring. Co-chair Susan Cole will step into his spot. “No one is him,” she said about Jeff after his announcement.

BUDDHA BAR GETS ITS LATEST APPROVALS
It’s been years — three?? — since Buddha Bar first started seeking approvals for its space at 62 Thomas. And because it’s taken so long to get this development off the ground, the bar’s reps had to come back for another round of SLA approvals after the last ones expired. The bar is now split in two with a total occupancy of 291: two thirds at Buddha Bar and one third at the restaurant, Assunta Roma. Several neighbors showed up to make sure the bar will have ample security on the street to keep crowds and black cars moving. The bar agreed to the same stipulations they came up with last time:
* no queuing outside (no velvet ropes)
* no sub woofers
* speakers must be hung on springs
* the sound limiter must be locked by the sound engineer and not accessible to staff
* open till midnight on weekends

MARC FORGIONE OPENING NEW PLACE AT 16 HUDSON
N. already noted this in comments, but here’s the official word: Marc Forgione is opening a second local place in the former Brushstroke space. There’s no name yet, and they are a year out from opening. More details soon, I hope.

ATTRAVERSA GETS SOME SIDEWALK SPACE
Attraversa, on West Bway and White, was approved for a tiny but sweet sidewalk spot tucked between their stoop and the neighbor’s — enough for three tables.

GIANT FOOD HALL FOR 28 LIBERTY
Fosun’s will open a 520-seat food hall underground at 28 Liberty. (There are three levels below grade there — this is the first level, on the same plane as the Noguchi garden. The movie theater will be underneath.) The plan is to be open for breakfast starting at 6a and as late as 1a on the weekends. Their lease allows them to rent the full space out only 10 times per year; otherwise the food hall is designed to serve the 4000 folks working upstairs.

THE LATEST ON CONVENE
After three hours, I tossed in the towel, but as I left, the committee members were taking the Convene people to task for showing up with a too-thin, too-late traffic proposal for their giant venue at the former Saks space in BPC. Watch the Broadsheet for more details — he stayed till the end.



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