Just like in January, LES's Black Tree met some serious opposition in getting a liquor license for its proposed Williamsburg outpost at last Wednesday's SLA meeting. Co-owner Macnail Sillick maintains that this new outpost of Black Tree will be "a restaurant first"— he has plans for the space that include an elaborate chef's table tasting menu and house-made soft serve. The problem is that there are already 13 existing licenses within 500 feet of the Black Tree space, so this opposition isn't personal. According to Williamsburg resident Denny Tomkins: they aren't "against any one liquor license or establishment that serves alcohol-they're against all of them."
Some NIMBYs voted in favor of the license, moved by the restaurants farm-to-table ethos, which supports local farmers. And, in the end, the committee voted in favor of Black Tree, but only if the restaurant limits its hours of operation. They committee wants the restaurant to close on midnight on Sunday and Monday, 12:30 a.m. from Tuesday through Thursday, and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.