WILLIAMSBURG — Neighbors may have protested the potential problems of a liquor-serving hair salon on their residential block, but the cut-and-a-cocktail joint's owners haven't trimmed their quest to pair shears with beers.
The popular salon-bar Blind Barber in the East Village was denied a liquor license for its future Williamsburg location by Community Board 1 earlier this year. But the owners readjusted their application to request only to serve beer and wine, and now stand a chance at approval, the board's liquor license committee ruled Thursday night.
The committee postponed the owners' application and asked that they reach out to neighbors again with their new proposal, in which the business would serve only beer and wine instead of hard liquor, and close at midnight and 1 a.m. instead of the original 4 a.m. closing time.
"The moral of the story for us was we heard their concerns that they were very opposed to a full liquor license and we’re considerate," Blind Barber owner Jeff Laub said. "We're neighborhood-oriented."
Laub said he and his partner would return to those residents who had been most vocally opposed to their venture, and that they were determined to serve alcohol at the Ainslie Street locale.
"Our brand is to provide a beer with a haircut at the very least," Laub said.