Monday, February 14, 2011

Update on Ambrosia Music Lounge

Before I get to the nightclub update, a quick update on my Valentine's Day surprise for B.  I broke the news to him yesterday that is won't be here in time for today.  In fact, it won't be here until Thursday, the day that he goes up to RI for an annual family event - Syracuse vs. Providence.  So, it will have to wait until he gets back on Friday.  Don't worry, it will be worth the wait!  Stay tuned...

Also, BTW, it's going to be 60 degrees here today!  Happy Valentine's Day to EVERYONE!

On to the update....

Last month I posted about a new threat to my neighborhood.  A group of people were trying to open up a live music/entertainment venue less than 25 yards from my front door without having taken the proper steps to gain the neighborhood's confidence, or establish adequate security, parking, or trash containment. 

Well, I am amazed at what a group of people can accomplish when they set their minds on a specific task.  Letters were written, momentum was growing, and advocacy was established.  The people of Pigtown spoke up against the proposed nightclub.  The neighborhood associations withdrew their support of the night club and even drafted their opposition.  The liquor board heard our entreaties and guess what...



After 2 1/2 hours, the Liquor board denied the transfer of the Ambrosia liquor license (as well as another license for a notorious bar further down the street - yay!).  Our councilman, William Cole, was a fantastic advocate for our community and the turnout was amazing!

There are a few minor ongoing issues.  The owners of Ambrosia are still set on opening a restaurant in the location and are filing with the zoning board for parking requirements.  However, the major issues regarding the serving of alcohol 20 hours a day, 7 days a week and the live entertainment (including DJs) are resolved in our favor.
A special thanks goes out to my neighbors, Ben and Leslie.  Ben, a zoning attorney, gave up a significant amount of time with his family to see that our voices were heard and that our neighborhood continues to be a safe place for families in this city.  Thank you for all your hard work!

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