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Drying of NYC: Death & Co. Remains Closed, Future Bleak

Death & Co., the East Village quasi-speakeasy that was shuttered last week when their liquor license expired, remains closed, its future uncertain at best. While the SLA deliberates on its fate, neighbors aren't exactly missing their newest cocktail joint—and they're taking particular exception to the fact that Death & Co. isn't the restaurant it claimed to be when CB3 first agreed to support the venue. The Villager has more:

The resolution to deny the liquor-license renewal states that Death & Co.’s method of operation is inconsistent with the initial presentation as a restaurant.

“The community board saw through the bait-and-switch tactic that the new owners used in obtaining the liquor license,” Hurley said afterwards. “[The owners] misrepresented themselves unsuccessfully as good neighbors.”...The S.L.A. is currently investigating the matter.

We don't support CB3 on this matter, as Death & Co. is a relative beacon of civility when compared to myriad bars in the East Village that somehow, inexplicably fly under the community board's radar. But there's no question the bait-and-switch is going to leave a mark; if Death & Co. lives to serve another cocktail we'll all have dodged a bullet.
· It's Looking Bleak for Death & Co. [Villager]
· Breaking: Death & Co. Dead and Gone? [~E~]
· Death & Co. Denied Liquor License Support by Community Board 3 [~E~]

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