It seems inconceivable, but are residents actually winning the noise war against establishments in the East Village and Lower East Side? Today's NYT follows up on an Eater obsession: the sad story of European Union, the snazzily designed restaurant on East 4th Street (at Avenue B) that's sitting there all pretty (left, design by AvroKo, natch) but can't open without a liquor license. Today's news is merely that both EU and The Orchard, a new restaurant on the LES, remain without liquor licenses. They haven't been denied, per se, but their waits go on. Locals exult: "East Fourth Street used to be a quiet residential street. Now it's like fraternity row." Wait—that's a bad thing?
· Limits on Liquor Licenses Pinch Restaurant Owners [NYTimes via Eater]
· European Union's Quest for the License Continues [Eater]
· LES Nightlife: Shut Up! No You Shut Up! [Curbed]