Last week, Bed Stuy’s Community Board 3 voted against supporting the liquor license of a restaurant planning to open on Atlantic Avenue between Franklin and Classon, “amid fears from some locals that the area is drowning in bars,” DNAinfo reported. A CB no vote is only advisory, not binding — the State Liquor Authority has the say — but it’s the first time we can recall in recent years a no vote from CB3, which generally seems to encourage new businesses.
At a community board meeting we attended in September, a member of the board stated noise complaints from bars are an increasing problem in Bed Stuy. A resident who spoke at the meeting and who lives above Simplicity Wine Bar on Malcolm X Boulevard between Decatur and Macdonough said noise has been a problem. In the last year or so, an unprecedented number of new bars — about a dozen — have opened or are planning to open in Bed Stuy, along with a smaller number of restaurants seeking liquor licenses.
Some of the new venues in the works include Bed-Vyne Cocktails, Casablanca, Brooklyn Wine Yard, an as-yet-unnamed spinoff of Manhattan’s Silver Lining and Little Branch, Khemistry, and an unnamed spinoff of Mayfield that will have a taco truck in the backyard. Bed-Vyne Cocktails co-owner Damone James told the community board in September the business had soundproofed the ceiling of the new bar at 305 Halsey and would close the backyard early if there are any noise complaints.
The number of bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the enormous and mostly residential neighborhood of Bed Stuy pales in comparison to the number that have opened in Williamsburg and Bushwick, where community boards have tried and failed to stop them.
At the same meeting this month, CB3 voted to support a liquor license for a restaurant on Franklin Avenue, according to DNAinfo. Attendees said the area of Atlantic where the owner of Franklin Park was hoping to open his new venue already had too many noisy bars, said the story. The building recently housed an auto body repair shop, above.
What do you think is an appropriate number of bars for Bed Stuy?
Franklin Park Owner Rejected in Bid for New Bed-Stuy Liquor License [DNA]
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