Nolita residents showed up en masse at a meeting of Community Board 2 last night to protest the approval of a liquor license for Forty Deuce, the burlesque club that Vegas/LA hotshot Ivan Kane is planning for 19 Kenmare Street. Daily News has the story:
"Kane, who owns clubs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, said the club will feature two 20-minute dance shows seven nights a week, but the sexy dancers will not be nude, nor will they have any contact with patrons. "There's no nudity, there's no lap dances," Kane said. "There's no pole. It's high art."
The business committee will announce today its recommendation regarding the club's liquor license, and the entire community board, which initially approved the license, will then decide whether to support the decision.If the SLA is on their game, and Kane isn't back-channeling at least high-six figures to Authority leadership, they are going to shut this thing down. Now-bitter locals will note that The Box got its liquor license by promising 'art', then building a nighttime lair dedicated to las drogas. Not that there's anything wrong with the latter, as long as that's what the neighborhood wants.
Kane said he'll abandon the project without the license, which is given by the state Liquor Authority.
· Angry NoLita Residents Jeer Planned Burlesque Club [NYDN]
· Neighbors Take the Riding Crop to Forty Deuce [Cutlets]
· Kane's Forty Deuce Making New Friends in Nolita [~E~]
· Brawling Over The Box [NYP]