Buns fight! Panel rejects liquor license from butt-sink bar owner

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These Williamsburgers don’t want this restaurant — no butts about it!

A local panel rejected a notorious bar owners’ application for a new Italian eatery on N. First Street on May 24, after a mob of angry residents argued it would end up being another party venue like the nightlife impresario’s other establishments — which, among other things, sport sleazy sinks in the shape of ladies’ rear ends — and a bad fit for the residential area.

“I find it distasteful and I think many of the woman in the community do as well,” said Jenice Malecki, who lives across the street from the location between Kent and Wythe avenues and has been fighting the prospective venue for years. “For men to wash their hands, they’re essentially feeling a women’s derriere.”

Members of Community Board 1’s liquor license committee voted unanimously to reject Alexander Dimitrov’s application to serve booze at his planned Mediterranean restaurant Pasta Wiz — and it isn’t the first time.

In 2012, the board rejected Dimitrov’s pitch to build a massive party venue in the same location — and then again when he revised the proposal as an Italian eatery — following neighbors’ fears it would end up like his wild Manhattan club Mehanata, where male patrons wash their hands in the offending butt basins, and pee into urinals in the shape of a woman’s gaping mouth.

The State Liquor Authority subsequently shot down that application, too, telling him he first needed to crack down on rowdy revelers at Mehanata — which features a bar made out of ice where patrons are encouraged to dress in old Soviet military uniforms and chug vodka, according to its website.

Dimitrov also owns a bar called Fishtales in Queens with the same washb-ass-ins, critics said.

Locals and Dimitrov clashed again in 2013, after he rented the building out as a practice space for rock bands without the right permits, according to a DNA Info report at the time.

But Dimitrov defended his new venture to the committee, saying Pasta Whiz would be a respectable noodle bar, not another party palace with risqué bathroom fittings, and claimed his neighbors have been lying to keep him out.

“You know you are lying about most of this stuff and you make all these complaints for no reason,” he said. “This is going to be a pasta place, not a nightclub.”

He also accused his critics of beating up a worker he had sent out to collect signatures in support of his venture, which he presented to the committee.

But the committee was not convinced of his plans — in addition to the neighbors’ objections, members said his application was too vague about the eatery’s layout and kitchen.

“There is no real floor plan, no real kitchen plan, there is no chef, and a lack of neighborhood support,” said committee co-chair Tom Burrows.

The full community board will vote on the application next, though its recommendation — like the committee’s — is only advisory. The State Liquor Authority ultimately decides who does and doesn’t get to serve booze.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello lovely Brooklyn Paper readers, John Wasserman here. I, John Wasserman, just wanted to add that I, John Wasserman, have these same exact sinks too. I, John Wasserman, nor do my guest find them offensive. Please continue on. Thank you, John Wasserman
May 31, 2016, 8:27 am
Honey from Williamsburg says:
The community board is disgusting. Would she prefer that they wash their hands in a woman's vagina? Is that what it would take to make her happy? Her butt phobia, and weird sexualization of the toilets and wash basin are strange and gross.
May 31, 2016, 8:48 am
Nicky Pompanese from Dyker Heights says:
Disgutsing! A Russian doing a pasta restaurant? Reject that application!
May 31, 2016, 8:55 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
If your first exposure to government were this--government deciding it needs to regulate what your sinks look like--you might very well end up a conservative Republican. The Community Board and the neighborhood busybodies give government a bad name.
May 31, 2016, 9:53 am
Betsy from Prospect Heights says:
Nicky - there is plenty of Russian pasta! Ever heard of "Penne Allah Vodka"?! It's made by Russians or Muslims or something. Don't you think you can get between that Russian woman and her macaronis just because you are a man!
May 31, 2016, 10:37 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
And on what basis is that urinal a "woman's" mouth? It looks like a mouth. Though if you wanted to imagine it belonged to a woman (instead of a sewer system) I suppose you could.
May 31, 2016, 10:53 am
Doe a Deer says:
Mehanata was overrated. The pseudo gypsy equivalent to a frat party.

'Pasta Whiz', peculiar. Dimitrov seems fixated on possession, contrary to his celebratory attitude towards free spirit.

It wouldn't be unreasonable if past violations were to influence the CBs decision?
May 31, 2016, 12:43 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
The board should make good use of themselves instead of dictating tastes.
Of course, those are the sort of people that usually take the job. They want to "govern" because they have it all figured out.
Nasty people are worse than nasty sinks.
May 31, 2016, 11:12 pm
Powder from Brooklyn Heights says:
It would make more sense if the toilets looked like butts and the sinks were shaped like hands. Unless they are sinks for wahing your butt.
June 1, 2016, 3:16 am
Gimme from Yourz says:
Buttz needs 2 B Nicki Minaj size yo!
June 2, 2016, 8:09 pm
Prissy says:
CB1 hags and bags need a little pipe laid more often, and I'm not talking about plumbing.
June 5, 2016, 8:02 pm

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