UPPER EAST SIDE — Though Second Avenue Subway construction has long impacted local businesses, a handful of restaurateurs are seizing on available retail space to grow existing businesses or open new ones.
Entrepreneurs also seem to be interested in heading farther east, with several spots forthcoming on First Avenue, according to public documents.
The establishments petitioned Community Board 8's Street Life Committee for beer-and-wine or full liquor licenses at a meeting this week.
Though all of CB8 and the State Liquor Authority must also vote on the petitions, committee support is considered a first step toward achieving this goal.
Here's a list the businesses that were approved by the committee:
Aoyama Sushi, Inc. 1164 First Ave. (between East 63rd and 64th streets)
This address used to boast UES sushi stalwart Ayogu sushi, but a change in ownership necessitated a new application for a wine and beer license.
1471 Second Ave. (between East 76th and 77th streets)
According to public documents, a man by the name of Gaetano D'Angelo is forming a corporation — and opening a restaurant — located in a site once occupied by an Italian eatery. Beer, wine and liquor are slated to be on the bill of fare.
Tatany, 1400 Second Ave. (between East 72nd and 73rd streets)
Again, a recent change in ownership has required that Tatany re-apply for its requested beer and wine only license.
Taijiyama, Inc., 1718 Second Ave. (between East 89th and 90th streets)
This soon-to-open sushi eatery hopes serve liquor, wine and beer in the space formerly occupied by Sala Thai.
Thai Peppercorn, 1750 First Ave. (between 90th and 91st streets)
The restaurateur is seeking a full liquor license.