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Williamsburg NIMBYs Launch Crusade Against Booze at Pies 'N' Thighs, Black Tree, Others

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Community Board 1 denied Black Tree a license and is going against renewals for The Randolph and Pies 'n' Thighs.

Jessica Lin

A group of Williamsburg's longtime residents, who showed up pre-gentrification, are launching an attack at the invading hipsters, targeted at some of the neighborhood's beloved food and beverage institutions like Pies ‘N' Thighs and The Randolph, reports Gothamist. The Fillmore Place Historic District Association was persuasive enough to make the Community Board vote against a proposed liquor license for Black Tree, which is planning to open a chef's table in the neighborhood. One member cited a Yelp review of the LES Black Tree in his argument, saying that it appeals to the "Happy Hour bro" crowd.

The group hopes to stop any new liquor licenses that fall within the "500-foot-rule" (i.e. no more than three liquor license in a 500-foot area). SLA committee co-chair Thomas J. Burrows also said the community board voted against a renewal of the liquor license for Pies ‘N' Thighs. Curiously, the Pies ‘N' Thighs team says their liquor license isn't up until 2017, so clearly something is off.

At least one local bar owner, who wished to remain anonymous, isn't happy about all of this, saying:

These bars and restaurants are the bread and butter of that neighborhood, that's why people are coming there....it's not a venue, it's a fucking restaurant and people in the neighborhood really like that.

Update: Pies 'n' Thighs sends word that, while this "doesn't affect us immediately, but we always want to be in good standing with the community board and take seriously any issues they ask us to address."

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