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The Drying of NYC: Mehanata Edition

Add another venue to the list of the liquor-license oppressed. Seems Mehanata, aka the Bulgarian Bar, is having issues with its relocation to Ludlow Street. The blog Slavs of New York reports that the Community Board "reversed its earlier decision and denied the bar the transfer of its liquor and cabaret licenses, and Mehanata was shut down virtually as soon as it had reopened. Now, they have applied for new licenses, but after the 17 July meeting of Community Board 3, it looks like the licenses will not be approved."

Undeterred, Mehanata is taking the bold step of playing the race card. From an email petition that found its way to the Eater inbox: "[Opening the new venue] is proving unreasonably difficult , due, some suspect, to a potentially conservative intolerance or generally fearful reluctance to encourage or embrace New York's global thinking community and immigrant communities inspired by or connected to the music and cultures of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and gypsy." After the jump, the email petition in full.

From: Sxip Shirey
Date: Jul 21, 2006 8:51 AM
Subject: [CHARM] The Bulgarian Bar Need Your Help!!!!

Mehanata Meyhane , known also as the Bulgarian Bar, is a bar/venue/cultural hub in Manhattan in the process of opening its new location at 113 Ludlow in the Lower East Side. This is proving unreasonably difficult , due, some suspect, to a potentially conservative intolerance or generally fearful reluctance to encourage or embrace New York's global thinking community and immigrant communities inspired by or connected to the music and cultures of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and gypsy.

You can help: We need your support!
OPTION 1:

This Friday and Saturday evenings ( JULY 21, 22, 6pm-11pm) we are opening our new location at 113 Ludlow Street (between Rivington and Delancey) to show the space and give our supporters a chance to sign a petition to the Community Board.

OPTION 2:

Attend the Community Board and speak up!

Any voice matters, but especially if you are a resident of the Lower East Side or are a performer/musician.

If you care about Mehanata Meyhane "House of Gypsy"if you identify with New York's forward thinking Americans and immigrants, if you are outraged at the unjustified discriminatory refusal of the Community Board, come and

Speak your voice

this Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 6:30PM
Chinatown YMCA Beacon Center located inside MS 131
100 Hester Street (Between Eldridge & Forsyth Streets)

For the final meeting of the local Community Board

OPTION 3

If you are unable to attend neither the sign-up session, nor the Community Board discussion, you can still express your support by sending the following text to the Community Board e-mail//
info@cb3manhattan.org

Text of the E-mail
Lower East Side Performing Arts, LLC (LESPA) is an organization committed to introducing and popularizing the culture, music, and food of Bulgaria, Turkey, the Balkans, and Eastern Europe to the city of New York. LESPA is also in the process of opening a new venue located at 113 Ludlow Street, which would host a broad program of dance workshops, instrumentation labs, and music lectures to present the richness of the respective ethnic cultures to the residents of the community.

In light of this, I want to express my complete support for the institution and to emphasize the need in the city of New York for this kind of venue. As LESPA follows in the tradition of two established
cultural institutions (Mehanata and Maia Meyhane), I consider their mission entirely justifies their obtaining of liquor and cabaret licenses and hope that in your decision you will consider the full
value of this mission as it diversifies and enriches the neighborhood and presents an unique opportunity to expose local talent.

Thank you,

· Save Mehanata! [Slavs of New York]
· EaterWire: Mehanata Opening Night [~E~]
· Downtown Bar Siege Roundup: Drink Quickly! [~E~]

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