The craft beer boys behind Rattle N Hum over on East 33rd Street seem to be having some trouble with their newest venture, the two story Beer Authority in Hell's Kitchen, writes DNA Info. The owners have seen a steady decline in business since opening in April, which they attribute to a smelly food cart parked out front.
The beer hall, which cost $1.6 million to build, offers more than 62 beers on tap and opened to large lunch and happy hour crowds. But business has dropped off, and owners Joe Donagher and Liam White say it's the smell of burnt pretzels and charcoal that are keeping the bar flies away. Joe notes: "Nobody wants to come in here because of the stink...Customers walk in and leave before they can even order a beer." The owners have attempted to speak with the cart vendors, to no avail. They have even taken more serious action, reaching out to an array of groups like the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health, and the NYPD.
According to a spokeswoman, the Health Department will be following up on the allegations of the smelly dogs sometime soon.
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