It's not easy to open a nightclub on Flatbush Avenue these days.
Kemistry, a combination restaurant/lounge, has been in the works at 260 Flatbush Avenue (between St. Marks and Prospect) for about a year and a half now, with plans to offer bottle service, late-night live music, and an emergency exit on tree-lined Prospect Place. They've repeatedly been hamstrung by refusing to negotiate with community groups, and Wednesday afternoon the New York State Liquor Authority rejected its liquor license application.
This latest blow came as the panel decided that the lounge "would not serve the best interests of the community," according to Patch, even though owner James Brown vowed to cut off liquor bottle service an hour before closing and said that he's cutting ties with business partner Leonard Bartletto, who was arrested in March for selling marijuana.
There were still some major issues, however; namely, the entire premise of the lounge. There were some major comprimises put in place when the Barclays Center was negotiating their license, and the panel saw the same exact issues (namely, the late-night sale of booze) arising in this case. They also believe that folks will head over to the lounge after leaving events at Barclays.
So what's next for Kemistry? "Kemistry's lawyer Jerome Sussman said he and his client would consider next steps after they receive an official notice from the SLA outlining the exact reasons for the rejection of the liquor license," according to DNAinfo.
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