Born B.A.D.: Masco Butts Heads With C.B. 3 Again

Stephen Rex Brown The electrifying scene at last night’s meeting.

The always-colorful Community Board 3 liquor license committee recommended on Monday night that one of its more outspoken critics not be allowed to serve beer and wine at his restaurant.

The board denied the beer-wine license for Keith Masco’s 24-hour B.A.D. Burger, citing the proximity of other booze-selling establishments, similar restaurants that operate without licenses, and “consistent community opposition.”

“B.A.D. Burger, bad neighbor. Deny them,” said Shawn Chittle, who lives above the restaurant at 171 Avenue A.

The license would help B.A.D., which opened seven weeks ago, make money. “We’re not doing an awful lot of business yet,” Mr. Masco said. The restaurateur, who runs another burger joint in Williamsburg with the same name, insisted his customers should be able to have drink with their meal until 4 a.m.

“I think it’s unfair to sit here and judge — to tell people how to live their lives, basically,” he added.

BAD_BURGER_NF023Noah Fecks The interior of B.A.D. Burger.

Not surprisingly, that argument held little sway with the board or the seven locals who spoke in opposition to B.A.D. Of course, Mr. Masco’s clashes with the same committee over his previous idea for the space didn’t help his case. When Mr. Masco pitched his plan for a seafood restaurant and fishmonger over one year ago, the board did not recommend a liquor license. That led to Mr. Masco calling its members “communists,” a word that came up again last night.

Still, the board’s vote is only an advisory opinion; the State Liquor Authority will make the final decision regarding beer and wine at B.A.D. Traditionally, the Liquor Authority has rarely denied beer-wine licenses for new businesses within Community Board 3.

“This is a beer-wine, I can’t imagine him not getting it if he goes forward [to the S.L.A.],” said Community Board 3 member David McWater.

After a lengthy discussion about stipulations to mitigate any quality of life issues, Mr. Masco decided he’d had it. “I’m not agreeing to the stipulations. I see where this is going,” he said.