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Bed-Stuy Rejects Dive Bar Outpost


On Monday, Bed-Stuy's Community Board 3 rejected a bid for a liquor license sought by the owner behind bars Skinny Dennis, Rocka Rolla, George and Jack's, and Lucky Dog, fearing that a new bar would refuse to assimilate with the neighborhood.

The owners planned to open the bar at the location of the recently shuttered Do or Dine near Quincy Street, but failed to sway CB3 even after revealing it had six black employees out of 24 and that it would consider sensitivity training for its staff, reports the Brooklyn Paper.

The influx of hipster bars into Bed-Stuy has been an ongoing concern for CB3; while it accepted the application for the owners behind Clinton Hill's Hot Bird for a new tavern at Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Hancock Street last month, it rejected another liquor license for a Marcy Avenue cocktail and craft beer location during Monday's meeting.

While CB3's votes don’t actually stop the bars from opening or getting a liquor license, its decisions are passed on to the State Liquor Authority, which may or may not take the votes into consideration when deciding whether to grant a license, the paper says. [BP]