INWOOD — A bar proposed for a nightlife-heavy section of the neighborhood was unsuccessful in its quest for a liquor license, after neighbors complained that the area is already oversaturated with bars.
Community Board 12 voted Tuesday not to recommend an application for the new venue at 3964 10th Ave., which does not yet have a name and would be open Friday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The nightspot is the branchild of the team behind Made in Mexico located a few doors away, and is intended to accommodate their large weekend crowds, the owners said.
The board's licensing committee had originally supported the application, but the full board went against that decision after hearing concerns from residents.
David Thom, of the Inwood Owner’s Coalition, mentioned that there are 15 other venues north of Isham Street with similar licenses.
“There is no public convenience or advantage to supporting yet another late-night drinking establishment at this location,” he said.
Gerard Dominach, a resident of a Park Terrace East building, said that he and his neighbors were not comforted by the owner’s promise to employ retired NYPD officers as security advisors.
“I see that as a red flag that they are expecting trouble, and the owner knows it,” he said.
But a representative for the venue, Ariel Ferreira, defended the application.
“We’re being honest with what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re not coming here to tell you we’re doing a restaurant and then doing something different. We’re working very hard to make sure we have no safety issues with this venue.”