CB6 committee cautiously approves license for vegan cafe

V-Spot owner Daniel Carabaño addresses the BASA Committee while an attorney for the business stands by.

V-Spot owner Daniel Carabaño addresses the BASA Committee while an attorney for the business stands by.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Despite some neighbors’ concerns about connections to a comedy club that’s frequently cited for nighttime noise, the Community Board 6 Business Affairs and Street Activities (BASA) committee approved a new vegan café’s request for a beer and wine license. This was after initially rejecting the application in January.

Committee chair Keith Powers said at a committee meeting at the end of February that when VSpot, the new restaurant at 241 East 24th Street, originally came before the committee, they were rejected because there were concerns about the restaurant’s connection to the New York Comedy Club next door, so the committee asked the owner to come back and explain the connection.

“People felt like they might be artificially expanding the comedy club,” said Powers.

VSpot owner Daniel Carabaño explained that he is fully responsible for operating the restaurant, and New York Comedy Club co-owner Scott Lindner said at the meeting that the partnership between the club and the café was merely out of expediency when the vegan restaurant wanted to open a location in the space.

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