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790 Eighth Avenue (48th/49th ) – 790 Lounge LLC/Soho Café LLC – On-Premises Liquor License on a portion of the top floor (14th)  and the 15th floor roof of the Hilton Gardens Hotel

WHEREAS, 790 Lounge LLC and Soho Café LLC are applying for an on-premises liquor license for a restaurant on the 14th floor and rooftop of the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square located at 790 Eighth Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The 14th floor of the lounge will be adjacent to hotel rooms, and the windows to the East will be covered by bathrooms, a coat closet, and a stairway leading to the rooftop, thus mitigating noise on this level; and

WHEREAS, The rooftop of the restaurant will be confined to a gross square area of 960 square feet with a seating capacity of approximately 64, and will close at 12 midnight Sun-Tues and 2 a.m. Wed-Sat during the months of operation; and

WHEREAS, The rooftop of the lounge will have a partially enclosed structure that will have a roof and Eastward and Southward facing walls, all with noise and light reducing properties (light on the rooftop will be "candlelight" level); and

WHEREAS, The managers of the restaurant attended the Public Safety/Quality of Life (PSQL) Committee meeting on June 11, 2007 and agreed on behalf of 790 Lounge LLC, and Soho Café LLC to the following conditions to be incorporated into the "method of operation" in their liquor license application; and    

WHEREAS, After one year of operation, the applicants will return to CB5 (Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee) for reconsideration of the rooftop hours; 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 CB5, a copy of their final application to the State Liquor Authority; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends disapproval of an on-premises liquor license for 790 Lounge and Soho Café LLC, located at 790 Eighth Avenue, 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 29 in favor, 8 opposed, 1 abstention.

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