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Jake's Dilemma to Expand Amsterdam Avenue Bar Space

By Emily Frost | October 27, 2016 5:04pm | Updated on October 28, 2016 5:12pm
 Jake's Dilemma is expanding its bar space on Amsterdam Avenue, the owner said.
Jake's Dilemma is expanding its bar space on Amsterdam Avenue, the owner said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Longtime bar Jake's Dilemma is expanding so it can host more private parties, the owners said. 

The 22-year-old sports bar at 430 Amsterdam Ave., near West 81st Street, is adding 850 square feet to its footprint, owner Mitch Banchik told Community Board 7 Wednesday. 

The bar already has two private party rooms — The Oak Cellar and The Living Room — but it wants to expand to give revelers even more space to celebrate.

"The building is wider in the front and narrower in the back," Banchik said.

The renovation will add 500 square feet on the first floor and 350 square feet in the cellar, he noted.

The expansion, which was already approved by the Department of Buildings and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, will expand the property to the back lot line and add space on the north and south sides, the owner explained.

DOB documents show the plan was approved by the agency in July.  

As part of the addition, Banchik is applying for an additional liquor license for the private party space. Community Board 7's Business and Consumer Issues committee approved the application Wednesday.

It was not clear when construction will begin, but he said that only the very back of the bar would have to be closed during construction. 

Banchik also owns the neighboring bar The Gin Mill, a few doors up at 442 Amsterdam Ave.