Controversial Restaurant Seeks New Liquor License on Dyckman Street

By Carla Zanoni on May 30, 2012 3:18pm 

INWOOD — A controversial Dyckman Street restaurant is hoping to open a second bar and lounge in two newly vacated spaces along the strip some locals have dubbed “Alcohol Alley.”

Sandra Jaquez, the owner of Il Sole restaurant at 233 Dyckman St., submitted her intention to apply for a liquor license with for a new bar and restaurant called Sao at 251 and 253 Dyckman St., according to Community Board 12 documents. 

Jaquez did not respond to a request for comment.

The new establishment would operate out of two recently vacated storefronts on Dyckman Street, between Seaman and Payson avenues. 

Nostylgia clothing store at 251 Dyckman St. closed in April after the owner failed to procure a new lease when asked to pay $30,000 by the landlord in order for the renewal option. 

Brazen Lingerie at 253 Dyckman St. closed Sunday after the owner said business had dried up and that the strip, which predominantly houses restaurants and bars, was not hospitable to retail businesses. 

The application will be discussed during the board’s economic development committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 5. 

Il Sole has been the target of numerous quality of life complaints stemming from its outdoor café over the past several years. 

The restaurant was the last to enter into an agreement with elected officials stipulating modified outdoor café hours as part of a community agreement to address noise complaints on the strip in 2011. 

The Vida Enterprise application will be discussed on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the CB12 office at 711 W. 168th St., bwteen Haven Street and Fort Washington Avenue. 

An application for a liquor license will be discussed at CB12's economic development committee meeting on June 5, 2012.
An application for a liquor license will be discussed at CB12's economic development committee meeting on June 5, 2012.
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