West Side Rag » Liquor Licenses Approved for Renovated Hotel, New Seniors Residence and Beloved Restaurant

Posted on January 24, 2022 at 2:02 p.m. by West Side Rag

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By Maya Mau

At their January 2022 meeting, Community Council 7’s Business and Consumer Committee approved three new liquor licenses for Upper West Side businesses, providing insight into what’s happening and happening in the piece.

The Wallace, a luxury boutique hotel located at 242 West 76th Street (between Broadway and the West End), has applied for a license to serve alcohol in the lobby lounge and on the lower level for corporate events. The hotel hopes this will be the final step in adding food and beverages to a hotel that needs these services. The hotel, which was renovated and reopened in October 2020, has 124 rooms including 50 suites. It prides itself on having technologically advanced equipment. Although the bar is reserved for hotel guests, it will also be open to the public. Although some committee members had reservations about the parking situation, the request was approved by the committee.

Sunrise Senior Living, an operator of retirement homes and other senior housing, operates hundreds of facilities across the country and in Canada. They are currently building another at 2330 Broadway (between 84th and 85th) and plan to open in the first half of 2023. As they do in their other locations, they hope to provide catering services, including beer and wine, residents and guests. There is already another location in Manhattan at 139 East 56th Street. After a few members expressed their enthusiasm, the request was approved.

Tropical feelings, a Dominican restaurant at 953 Amsterdam Avenue (corner of 107th), recently renegotiated a lease with the owner, who wanted the formation of a new entity. As such, the restaurant needed to obtain new certificates, including a new liquor license. However, the same family will run the full-service restaurant with recorded music. The request was approved by the committee.

Liquor licenses are pending final approval by the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA).

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