Last week, members of Bay Ridge’s Community Board 10 recommended that the state shutter a 93rd Street watering hole they insist has turned into a den of drug dealing and violence, reports Brooklyn Daily’s William Bredderman.
The panel asked the State Liquor Authority to deny a liquor license renewal for the 93 Lounge [315 93rd St], citing complaints of noise, fights and littering from residents of 93rd Street between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, who say the lounge’s shady patrons routinely disturb the peace on their street.
“There’s a memory of how this place has been run,” former Police and Public Safety Committee chairwoman Susan Pulaski told Brooklyn Daily. “They’re known for bringing in third-party promoters and illegal activity. We all know about the drug situation in there.”
Board member Jeannie May, who lives down the block from 93 Lounge, described rowdy scenes outside the club as a regular occurrence.
“When the bar closes at 4 am, the customers go stringing down the street screaming profanity and getting into fights,” May said. “And the next morning the sidewalk’s covered with so many cigarette butts it looks like it snowed.”
However, the 93 Lounge’s proprietor Ronald Coury disavowed the claims, telling reporters that CB 10 was unreceptive to his business from the beginning, even after he attempted to assuage board members’ concerns.
“They were complaining about me before I even purchased the place,” he said. “I think they had some bad experiences with the last owner. I went to two meetings and just gave up. But everything I do is by the book.”
Coury’s chief of security Akram Elsaman, admitted that while that while the lounge’s patrons are an “upscale crowd” that doesn’t deal drugs or fight, departing weekend revelers could get a little loud.
“I can’t control the customers as the go up the street,” Elsaman said.