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UES James Perse Shop Plans to Open Small Cafe With Champagne and Beer

By Shaye Weaver | September 2, 2015 3:30pm
 James Perse on Madison Avenue plans to open a cafe that serves beer and wine.
James Perse on Madison Avenue plans to open a cafe that serves beer and wine.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — High-end clothing shop James Perse on Madison Avenue is seeking approval to serve booze at a planned cafe on its third floor.

Members of Community Board 8's street life committee gave the plans a thumbs up after representatives explained that the cafe at 1128 Madison Ave. would keep the same hours as the shop.

James Perse, which has been in the space for two years, is going to add four tables and 14 seats on its third floor, and will serve tea sandwiches, pastries, popcorn, chips, coffee, teas and booze, from Corona to white and red wines and champagne, according to the store's submitted menu.

The idea is to serve those who come in to shop and feel like a snack, according to Dana Lapan of Helbraun Levey & O'Donoghue, the law firm representing the store. So far there is no timeline as to when the new cafe will be rolled out.

The shop has three levels — women's clothing on the first, menswear on the second and the third will be made into a cafe, Lapan said. The third level is currently be used for its wholesale items.

The full Community Board will vote on whether to recommend its approval to the State Liquor Authority on Sept. 16.

James Perse, which is based in Los Angeles, did not immediately return a request for comment.

The shop's new Bleecker Street location is also applying for a beer and wine license this month.