Reversal of Fortune for Falafel Joint

At last night’s full board meeting, Community Board 3 upheld its liquor licensing committee’s vote to recommend that the State Liquor Authority deny a full liquor license at 200 Avenue A, the old Superdive spot, as well as at Spanish newcomer Bikinis unless the latter operates as a full service restaurant during the day and nighttime hours are curbed to midnight. There was, however, one reversal: earlier this month, the subcommittee voted against a beer and wine license at Sahara Citi, a falafel joint at 137 East 13th Street, under the mistaken impression that it stood on “grandfathered” non-compliant commercial property. Last night, it was discovered that the address was in fact zoned commercial and the decision was overturned.