UPDATE 1/2/13: Papasito officially closed
UPDATE 4/10/13: Riverside Liquor relocating to former Papasito space
Looks like the saga of Papasito Mexican Bar & Agave Grill is coming to an end.
The restaurant, located at 2728 Broadway (between 104/105), has drawn the ire of neighbors and Community Board 7 for more than a year.
Now comes word that Papasito has been denied a liquor license renewal and the restaurant will likely close within the next few months.
DNAinfo has all the details on the recent turn of events:
The State Liquor Authority denied Papasito’s reapplication, after taking into account the restaurant’s confusion over management, as well as past violations, noise complaints, and current practices. The restaurant will have a four month grace period to operate its current liquor license, after which it will likely close.
To be honest, I’m surprised the restaurant lasted this long. Serious complaints started cropping up last November, and when they were closed by court order in March, it seemed inevitable that their days on the UWS were numbered.
While I’ve never been there and don’t even live nearby, there were simply too many people and groups rallying against it for Papasito to last.
Any shred of hope for its survival went out the door over the summer when Manhattan Borough President (and Upper West Sider) Scott Stringer got involved and vowed to “intervene personally with the [State Liquor Authority] and make sure they know that [the UWS] Papasito is a dangerous nuisance.”
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