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Public Hearing December 13, 2017 - Burger Bar, 1 W. Main Street

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Muldowney and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 4:06 p.m.  On the motion of Trustee Basile, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 5:06p.m.

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 7:05 p.m.  On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 7:30p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN THE UPSTAIRS CONFERENCE ROOM,

153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK,

ON WEDNESDAY,

DECEMBER 13, 2017

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph Scordino

Trustee Kevin Muldowney

Trustee Debbie Basile

Trustee Tony Davida

Trustee Mary Adams

Attorney Joel Sikowitz

The meeting opened at 7:32 p.m.

The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon will hold a Public Hearing at 153 West Main Street, on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the application of Richard Bedrosian of Burger Bar Enterprises, Inc., to open Burger Bar restaurant at 1 West Main St., the current location of One Main.

Copy of application and plans may be examined at the office of the Village Clerk, between the hours of 10am and 4pm Monday through Friday.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place and they will be given the opportunity to be heard.  All applicants and their duly appointed representatives must appear in person at the above hearing.

Applicant:        Richard Bedrosian                              Property:         Babylon Burger Bar

                           29 Buckingham Dr.                                                       1 West Main Street

                           Dix Hills, NY  11746                                                      Babylon, NY  11702

                                                                                                                     [Section 010 / Block 03 / Lot 046.001]

Mr. Bedrosian addressed the Board to explain his concept for Babylon Burger Bar.  He also operates NY Burger Bar, located in Massapequa, NY, and was recognized by Newsday as being the #1 Burger on Long Island.  His restaurants use a very unique burger blend and focus on a ‘build your own burger’ concept; they are also famous for their milk shakes.  They do a tremendous amount of family business, and he is confident that this business will compliment the Village of Babylon.

Mr. Bedrosian believes he can capitalize on the theater crowd with a 2:00 a.m. closing time; keeping the kitchen open until midnight may draw customers in after shows. If, as the Board suggested, the Kitchen only stayed open until 11:00 p.m., he might anticipate a 1:00 a.m. closing time.

The dining area will be approximately the same size as One Main; he intends to remove 8 tables (decreasing seating to approximately 62) in order to have enough space to add a vestibule.   He would like to add four (4) more seats at the bar, for a total of 10 bar counter seats.  He will not increase the bar seating to greater than 10 seats because he does not want to give up any more table space. The bar is more of a ‘holding area’ where people can wait for table seating, sometimes upwards of an hour; others choose to eat at the bar. He will be applying for a full liquor license.

Mr. Bedrosian requested an expeditious decision from the Board as he would like to begin renovations as soon as possible; he will be using the same designer used by the Argyle and Barrique and will be using many restoration pieces.

The Board expressed concern over the late hours and suggested starting with 1:00 a.m. close time, which could be revisited in the future.  They stressed the importance of keeping that corner neat, and that no one is to leave the restaurant with a drink.  The Deer Park Avenue door is for exit only.  Deliveries should be made to the rear of the building only, and maintenance of the dumpster would be the responsibility of Burger Bar.  The Village must be notified immediately to request permission for any modifications of final approval.

The meeting was opened to the public; no one addressed the Board.

On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Basile and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

Meeting adjourned 8:06 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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