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Community Board 12 Committee Gives Popular Wine Bar Nod for Sidewalk Cafe

By DNAinfo Staff on July 19, 2012 8:41am

Claudio E. Cabrera

Special to DNAinfo.com New York

INWOOD — A popular Inwood bar received a preliminary nod from the community for its plan for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe outside its bar on Dyckman Street.     

Community Board 12's Economic Development committee voted 5-4, with one abstention, in favor of Corcho Wine Room's application to expand its seating during the committee's July meeting on Tuesday. ‬

The board voted in favor of the license with stipulations that the owner will make the entrance wheelchair accessible and abide by a community agreement hammered out with restaurant owners on Dyckman Street, which states that their outdoor seating will close by 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.‬

"I will do whatever is necessary to have my application move forward," said Corcho owner Benlly Polanco.

Although the community board does not normally meet during the summer, a special meeting was scheduled to review liquor license applications in the light of the 30 day timetable set by the State liquor Authority for community feedback on applications.‬

Corcho, which is on the popular, yet controversial strip of Dyckman Street termed "Alcohol Alley," would be the fifth alcohol serving establishment on the strip with a sidewalk cafe license, including Mamajuana Cafe, Mama Sushi, Papasito and Il Sole.‬

CB12 will vote on the economic development committee’s resolution during its executive meeting this month.

After, the State Liquor Authority will then have a final say, as the board serves only an advisory role.