143 Madison Avenue (31st/32nd)– BecRon, LLC (formerly “Vapor Lounge”) Transfer of On-Premises Liquor License Application
WHEREAS, BecRon, LLC has applied for the transfer of a liquor license located at 143 Madison Avenue; and
WHEREAS, Mark Titone, former owner in excellent standing, of "Vapor," will be involved in the ongoing operation of this establishment, i.e., consulting, financing and a personal guarantee to the landlord regarding the lease; and
WHEREAS, The applicants, Rebbecca Beltran and Ron La Sasso, intend to operate a club/lounge primarily in the same manner currently used by "Vapor" with music and light meals and no dancing, and expect to attract a young professional clientele; and
WHEREAS, The location is approximately 4,000 square feet (of which 2,800 is usable square footage) with occupancy of 200 persons on the first floor and 35 in the basement (which can also be used as a waiting area, if necessary); and
WHEREAS, The club's hours are to be from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., Tuesdays thru Sundays; and
WHEREAS, The applicants will not apply for a cabaret license; and
WHEREAS, The applicants will not apply for a sidewalk café; and
WHEREAS, The applicants agree to close windows and doors no later than 10 p.m.; and
WHEREAS, The Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee informed the applicants that the neighborhood has many concerns regarding this block because of the proximity of residential buildings to the club, as well as the history of a previous club (China White) at this location where noise and other nuisance conditions had been prevalent; and
WHEREAS, With the intention of being a good neighbor and safeguarding the quality-of-life, the applicants have agreed to run the establishment in accordance with a list of operational guidelines they will implement that includes the following measures:
Security: radios, ID scanners, first aid and CPR kits, in-house surveillance cameras and other equipment will be utilized to enhance safety and prevent crime and disturbances
Crowd and Noise Control: sound will not exceed permissible levels and applicant will add sound proofing measures. Security personnel will discourage patrons from congregating outside and ensure that they leave the premises in a respectful manner. Applicants will post signs with their phone number and email addresses so that complaints can be addressed immediately. Applicants also agreed to provide the PSQL Committee with their cell phone numbers and to attend future meetings of the committee to answer complaints or issues brought to the attention of the Community Board.
Use of Promoters: applicants will employ professional promoters only in connection with the hosting of charitable events. They will only use the Internet and email to advertise the events and will not employ promoters who have a history of littering neighborhoods with flyers and other promotional materials. They will also work with the Community Board to develop further guidelines for promoters and in the event that a promoter violates the guidelines, applicants will refuse to employ the services of that individual again.
Additional Measures: Applicants will provide all employees with alcohol awareness training, will have a zero tolerance for drugs policy and will meet regularly with NYPD community affairs personnel; and
WHEREAS, No one attended the PSQL meeting to speak in opposition to this operation; and
WHEREAS, The applicants have signed an affidavit (attached) outlining the above conditions/stipulations to be incorporated into the method of operation of their New York State Liquor Authority Application; and
WHEREAS, The applicants agree to submit to Community Board Five a copy of their final application to the State Liquor Authority; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends disapproval of the application for the transfer of the liquor license, located at 143 Madison Avenue, to BecRon, LLC, unless the conditions above and in the attached affidavit are incorporated into the method of operation of the applicants' New York State Liquor Authority Application.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 36 in favor, 1 opposed, 1 abstention.