After incurring the wrath of Nolitans who assumed it would be a beer garden, the planned Elizabeth Street restaurant from the No. 7 gang has hit a brick wall of community board opposition.
Bowery Boogie reports that Community Board 2 voted unanimously against Matthew Maddy, the restaurant’s designer, at its full board meeting on June 17.
The board’s numerous reasons for its vote can be found here; among the issues were noise from the proposed back garden, the restaurant’s location within 200 feet of the Lshing Shuneikai Church, insufficient community outreach, and the fact that the neighborhood isn’t exactly hurting for licensed establishments: During the last year, six establishments within 500 feet of 168 Elizabeth Street have received new SLA licenses, bringing the number of licensed businesses within 500 feet of the proposed restaurant to 25.
Maddy and company can still make their case to the SLA, so there may be a restaurant yet. But they may want to start making nice with the neighbors, too; perhaps a bit of sandwich diplomacy is in order.