By Carla Zanoni
INWOOD — Inwood is one step closer to the grand opening of Ouva Wine Bar and Beer Garden.
Community Board 12 voted in favor of the restaurant’s State Liquor Authority wine and beer license application during its general board meeting on Tuesday after hearing restaurant owner Gus Anton’s promise to work with the community to address noise concerns from his new venture and nearby restaurant Garden Café.
"We are ready to open for business," Anton told the board of his new venture located at 4957 Broadway, adding, "We intend to diligently work without neighbors to resolve any quality of life concerns."
Anton, who said he plans to open Ouva from noon until midnight Sunday through Thursday and noon until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, agreed to not to play music outdoors and to hire an acoustics expert to design a space that minimizes noise as mandated by the community board.
Far fewer residents attended the meeting to voice concerns or support about the new restaurant as they did at the board’s economic development committee earlier this month.
But one resident made a repeat appearance on Tuesday to ask the board to make sure Anton follows through with promises to reduce noise from Ouva and Garden Cafe, which share a courtyard with her home at 101 Cooper St.
According to the tenant, her children’s bedrooms sit fewer than 20 feet from the eating and drinking areas.
"I appreciate how much the community board has done to facilitate a conversation with the owner," she said, "but I ask that you continue to monitor this situation."
The State Liquor Authority will now review Ouva's application, as the community board only serves in an advisory role.