C.B. 3 Agenda: Empanadas Coming to 9th Street, 13th Step to Face the Music

zaragozaDaniel Maurer

Community Board 3 just released its new agenda that, as always, is chock full of tantalizing tidbits regarding new restaurants and bars bound for the neighborhood. A few highlights from the State Liquor Authority licensing committee: a new “Empanadas Bar” is seeking a beer and wine license in the space formerly occupied by Itzocan Cafe on East Ninth Street. Shervin’s Cafe on East Seventh Street near Avenue A will also seek the board’s approval for beer and wine, though its Facebook page is already advertising new summer cervezas.

One of the neighborhood’s most frequented bars, the 13th Step, will seek approval for a renewal of its liquor license. On several occasions at least two neighbors of the popular bar have pleaded with officers at the Ninth Precinct Community Council meeting to do something about the boisterous behavior of its customers.

Andre Balazs is on the agenda again for his proposed remodeling of the Standard East Village — an item that he pulled from last month’s board meeting after meeting with neighbors of the hotel.

Zaragoza Mexican Deli, the beloved grocery store-taqueria hybrid on Avenue A, will try to get beer back after losing its license in September.

And the mystery business coming to 34 Avenue A — the former Mo Pitkins and Aces and Eights space — once again will try to go before the board seeking approval for a beer and wine license.

As always, it’s worth noting that the board only issues advisory opinions. The State Liquor Authority makes the final call on what businesses get to sell booze.

Other agenda items going before less glamorous committees include the return of regular movie nights in Tompkins Square Park, a street co-naming for Dashane Santana, who was struck and killed by a minivan on Delancey and Clinton Streets, and an examination of the loss of art venues in the East Village.