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Last night the full board of Community Board 3 met to, among other things, pass final judgment on many a restaurant's request for liquor license approval. Our report this week comes not from one of our trusty community board correspondents. Rather restaurateur Joe Dobias, owner of JoeDoe, a restaurant set to open on East 1st St., weighs in with his account. Unsurprisingly, we learn that even though the restaurant won approval, it was not smooth sailing for the team last night. Tell us how it went down Joe:
"Once again we were singled out as being malicious and untrustworthy...by one communtiy member. This woman was a vocal opposer of our transfer since the block association meeting we had almost two weeks ago. I am writing to say that we were singled out unfairly and were judged based upon the wrongs of other establishments. Let me clarify and say that we were approved to transfer our license at the meeting, but we are writing to express our deepest regret at the way this one community member went about her opposition. She spoke to 'friends; and simply told them to vote no because she said so, not based on facts.
All we want to get out to the local community is this, 'We are proud, we are young, we are determined and WE WILL be a great addition to the East Village and esp East First St.'...we feel great about being part of the community but are still hurt by the slander of a minority of residents. We will prove ourselves to everyone when JoeDoe opens for operation."That's the spirit guys. Though we have to say, these days it seems like no restaurant comes out of those meetings unscathed. Just thank the liquor license gods that the CB didn't make you jump through more hoops to win their approval.
· First Word: CB3 Approves JoeDoe [~E~]