East Village: Rejoice! It appears that the two year-long battle between East 6th Street cocktail pioneer Death & Co. and the SLA/Community Board 3, one of the longest drawn out and most closely watched ordeals in recent memory, has finally come to a close. The Feed reports that the bar is the proud and rightful owner of a liquor license.
To review, Death & Co. opened in early '07 to the delight of downtown cocktail mavens. Two months later Community Board 3 voted to deny their liquor license, calling the bar a "bait and switch," and the bar shuttered for a week while the SLA worked out an "administrative issue." In December of that year, the SLA again forced Death & Co. to close for a week, demanded a $10,000 fine because two owners weren't listed on the liquor license, and denied their license renewal, giving the bar four months to appeal. The following May, owner David Kaplan sued the SLA to have it reinstated, and he's been allowed to provisionally operate (with a midnight last call) while awaiting judgement.
A well earned and hard fought victory for Kaplan & Co. and the drinking world at large.
· Very good news: Death & Company finally scores liquor license [The Feed]
· All Death & Co Coverage [~E~]