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SLA freezes licenses, puts The Box and others in limbo

The Times has it this morning that the 500-foot rule, which at one point had surfaced in the E.U. take-down, was imposed by the SLA yesterday, on an immediate but temporary basis. Through December 31, 2006, all liquor license applications for venues other than restaurants (bars, clubs and cabarets) are frozen.

“This moratorium,” said Daniel B. Boyle, the board’s chairman, “will give the S.L.A. time to thoroughly analyze the policies, procedures and applications that govern nightclubs and bars in N.Y.S.”
Which leads to the realization that if The Box and others don't have their paperwork in order now, the next four months are going to be long and ever so dry.
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