BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — East Village pub owner Jerry Doyle's bid to get a late night liquor license for his new bar planned for Brooklyn Heights was shaved down by an hour Monday night, after neighbors said the 4 a.m. closing time was too late for their taste.
Community Board 2 members denied Doyle a 4 a.m. liquor license for his new sports bar and Irish pub at a former coffee shop space at 74 Clark St., saying the late hour was inappropriate for the residential neighborhood. They instead approved a liquor license for the bar on the condition that it close at 3 a.m. daily.
"We would ask that you would cut back some of your hours for the simple reason that that's a long time to drink," said committee chair Ruth Saunders. "And that's a residential area with people going to work and kids going to school."
Doyle — who also owns Kelly’s Sports Bar in the East Village — plans to open a new bar that will serve drinks, appetizers, and have a jukebox and up to six televisions to watch sports. But there are 60 apartment buildings above the former coffee shop space and neighbors are worried about the noise.
"I am rather opposed to having a sports bar in the ground floor of where I live," said Sabrina Bowers, who lives above the planned bar. "I want to be able to sleep at 3 a.m."
Doyle argued for the 4 a.m. closing time saying that during his entire stint at the helm of his East Village bar, he never got a complaint about rowdy patrons.
""I've had the bar on Avenue A for six years and haven't a noise violation," he said. "Not one."