Volume 22, Number 04 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | June 5 - 11, 2009
Residents pleased with Amuse bar’s withdrawl
A new bar that hoped to open in Tribeca where the Grace Bar and Restaurant used to be is withdrawing its application after facing strong community opposition.
Anthony Daddabbo hoped to open a venue called Amuse at 114 Franklin St., but neighbors worried that it would bring too much noise to the neighborhood. The residents, backed by Community Board 1, requested that Daddabbo close at 1 a.m. on weeknights, but Daddabbo refused, saying 2 a.m. was the earliest he would consider closing.
In an advisory vote, the community board rejected the application. Warren Pesetsky, who is representing Daddabbo, said he did not want to move forward without the community board’s support for the 2 a.m. closing time, even though the State Liquor Authority would have made the final decision.
Daddabbo did not return a call for comment.
Marc Tauss, who lives above the venue, was glad that Daddabbo appeared to be backing off. He and other residents recalled the noise from Grace that used to keep them up at night until last summer, when Grace closed.
“We would welcome a place that would fit in,” Tauss said. A lounge on the quiet block “didn’t make sense,” he said.
— Julie Shapiro