From the Daily News:
The owners of a controversial Long Island City strip club could be one step closer to getting a long-coveted liquor license.
But civic leaders pledged this week to continue their fight against Show Palace, the glitzy, all-nude eatery that cropped up in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge.
Last month, a Supreme Court judge rejected the State Liquor Authority’s decision to deny a license to 21 Group Inc., the owners of Show Palace.
Local lawmakers and others argued a strip club conflicted with the neighborhood’s new, family friendly rebirth.
However, Judge Manuel Mendez said the reasons outlined by the State Liquor Authority in its 2012 decision were not enough to justify its rejection.
“The denial of an application for a liquor license cannot be based solely on community reaction and the views or recommendations of elected officials,” Mendez said in a decision handed down last month.
Mendez also said the SLA had not proven its concerns that other so-called unvetted straw owners could have pumped money into the club.
Patrick O’Brien, chairman of Community Board 2’s City Services and Public Safety Committee, said he was told the SLA will appeal the judge’s decision.