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Brooklyn Beer Tavern Rejected for Liquor License Renewal, CB6 Says

 Buschenschank, a German and Italian beer tavern located at 320 Court St. in Carroll Gardens.
Buschenschank, a German and Italian beer tavern located at 320 Court St. in Carroll Gardens.
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CARROLL GARDENS — A Brooklyn beer tavern was denied a liquor license renewal by Community Board 6 after numerous complaints and violations left the bar in bad standing with locals Monday night.

CB6’s licenses and permits committee unanimously denied to support Buschenschank’s application for its “complete indifference to the board and to their neighbors.”

“We consider this application to be egregiously negligent and disrespectful,” said CB6 member Mark Shames in the committee’s final ruling.

The committee’s decision was based on several violations issued by the Department of Buildings, complaints from residents and bar owner’s general disregard for the board’s rules.

The 320 Court St. bar, which serves Italian and German beer, received more than 80 complaints from 311 records, about half of which were related to noise, CB6 said.

In the last year, there have been 14 commercial noise complaints in and around the Carroll Gardens bar, according to a city database.

“I know there have been a lot of problems,” said assistant manager Mystik Dasilva. “I know a lot of you guys are not happy with my bosses.”

Residents said the bar’s windows are left open throughout the night and amplified music is a constant source of disturbance. 

“The noise is absurd,” said one resident who spoke out against the bar Monday night.

Dasilva told residents she wanted to hear their complaints and find a solution, but locals weren’t in a forgiving mood.

“They have been pushing every envelope,” said Katia Kelly, who lives in the neighborhood. “This place has been a problem right from the start.”

Buschenschank is owned by James McGown, who also owns South Brooklyn Pizza and Goldenrod, formerly PJ Hanley’s. McGown has filed six separate bankruptcy petitions since 2009 as a real estate developer, bar and restaurant owner, according to Crain’s New York Business.

Dasilva, who represented the bar at the meeting, did not bring the required paperwork for the application.

“This is my first time [at a CB6 meeting.] I wasn’t aware that I needed to bring anything,” she said.

Board members called the applicants “deceitful” and “disrespectful.”

The committee also ruled to submit a letter from CB6 to the State Liquor Authority urging the latter to deny Buschenschank’s liquor license renewal as well. The bar’s liquor license expires on March 31.