Tuesday, September 18, 2012
☞ DRINK: Restauranteur Vies for Lenox Lounge
LINK. As most folks know by now, Lenox Lounge is losing its lease because of rent increases and apparently a new liquor license request was posted on the window of the iconic establishment last week announcing Mr. Notar's interest.
The complicated thing here is that there are three parties involved and the communication does not seem to be flowing accordingly. One local resident had this to report about the situation:
Last week, Alvin Reed, President of Lenox Lounge, Inc., discovered that a group (from Nobu Restaurant?) had applied for a liquor license for the space that the lounge currently occupies. The liquor license application was taken off the agenda at last Thursday's community board meeting, at the request of the group that was applying for it. Apparently, they showed up in court earlier that day, where Mr. Reed was embroiled in a case against the landlord. The landlord is, apparently, using the Lenox name and history to attract potential tenants to the space, without explaining that he does not own either the business or the trademark.
Now the review for the liquor license is on hold and it is unclear if the Nobu group will still proceed going forward unless all parties come to a conclusive decision. This could work out for everyone involved but a collaboration with all groups in the negotiation process would have to happen. Does anyone have other updates on the situation?