The people who tried to open a strip club in Sunnyside Gardens now say they want to open a "family restaurant" that stays open until 3am. Tonight, the owners of the notorious Punto G, now known as Calibar, also presented Department of Buildings approved architectural plans that include two DJ booths, though they promise there wont be any dancing.
Trying to put lipstick on a pig
At a community board committee hearing Wednesday night, Emilio Rubio and his accountant Jack Chang presented plans for the corner of 48th street and Barnett Ave. Rubio's wife, Lida Barona sat silently as they tried to sell the idea of a "family restaurant" to a disbelieving board and a standing room only crowd, unified in opposition.
These people are trying to put lipstick on a pig. They obviously want to open a sleazy dance bar and don't think we can stop them. The arrogant and blatant disregard for our community was clear in their presentation. We already have two round the clock businesses across the street from this place. There are plenty of nice places to buy alcohol in the area, we don't need another. They don't know or care that there is nowhere to park in this neighborhood. I hope they spend every last cent they have on shady lawyers, accountants, and architects. We will stop them. The battle lines are drawn.
The Doorman seems to be noticeably absent from the proceedings...Couldn't you at least have sent an office lackey to read a statement, Eric? I thought this was your "backyard".