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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Plan for Serving Alcohol in Oval Cafe Folds....
At least for now....
The word came today on the Town & Village blog.
"A rep for CWCapital, who’d been scheduled to request a wine and beer license for Oval Café on Thursday, pulled that request today."
The reason given?
"...that application was scrapped due to a timing issue by that representative, Spencer Rothchild of Barrio Foods consulting firm, said Sandro Sherrod, the chair of CB6."
A timing issue? What the hell does that mean? Could it possibly mean that CWCapital and Barrio Foods were not able to go before the Community Board without the intrusion of outraged tenants who had been just alerted to the plan this week on the TA Facebook a few days before a crucial hearing to attain the license? Do CWCapital and Barrio now need more time to present a coherent and lengthier argument to push this plan through? Do they need allies?
"A spokesperson for CWCapital said the application was pulled pending consultation with community leaders."
The above seems to indicate, yes, the application was pulled because tenants found out about it and an immediate uproar was created.
Now what? A "consultation" means that CWCapital and Barrio are going to try to convince the TA and our councilman, Dan Garodnick (who seems to be against the idea of Oval Cafe selling alcohol) that the presence of alcohol in the Oval will not be a detriment to the community and will be responsibly dealt with by the cafe and management.
So this is not over yet. But certainly today's pull-back is a good result. Yet we must be vigilant. I just don't trust the Powers That Be.