By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Danny Meyer is hoping to give his Gramercy Park restaurant Maialino a partial makeover with the addition of a bar.
General manager Andrea Czachor appeared before the Business Affairs and Street Activities committee for Community Board 6 last Thursday with the proposal, which will require the restaurant to alter its existing liquor license. The committee approved the request, although the community board’s role is only advisory and the change will have to be made official through the State Liquor Authority.
Czachor, who has been working in the restaurant since it opened at the Gramercy Park Hotel, said that the space where the bar will be going is already a counter but the restaurant previously used it for storage and to prepare food. Since the restaurant is no longer using the space for storage or food preparation, Czachor said that management decided to add five seats to the counter in order to convert it to a bar and serve alcohol directly to customers.
The restaurant does already have a separate bar and this counter will be an addition to that space where Czachor said the restaurant may offer wine tastings.
Although the change to the liquor license is minor, the business is technically required to modify the license when physical altercations are made to the space.
The addition didn’t illicit any objections from the community at the meeting.