Cheap Shots' renewal and DBGB's sidewalk cafe weren't the only items to come out of last night's Community Board 3 meeting. The Lo-Down recounts an altercation between area residents and one of the board members, wherein the board approved of a license for Mexican spot La Flaca (in the old Two Boots Tavern space) to the dismay of Seward Park's Norma Ramirez. Ramirez then allegedly began taking pictures of board member Ariel Palitz and asking the crowd for her name.
Also approved was the blindfolded dining experience Dans Le Noir, whose owners fled from their initial Gramercy location to the old Tonic space on Norfolk St. On the other end of the spectrum, Seattle's Pike Street Fish Fry and Via Tribunali on Ludlow were denied. Per TLD: "CB3 member Herman Hewitt became exasperated during the discussion of these two applications. “Month after month,” he lectured, “operators come here in basic disregard for what the community is trying to do. Ask anyone in the neighborhood what they think of all of the bars on every block. Why do you keep coming here?” An attorney for the owners shot back, “we are entitled to be here and we are entitled to go to the State Liquor Authority.”
· CB3 Rules! Yes to Dining in the Dark, Yes to Grand Street Cantina, No to Pike Street Fish Fry [TLD]