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No quiero! Civic gurus reject booze-serving Taco Bell in Brooklyn Heights

Bell no: Community Board 2 rejected an application to open a new Taco Bell at 58 Court St. because of the eatery reps’s lack of community engagement and resident opposition to its late opening hours and serving booze.
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Call it a burrit-no!

Civic leaders shot down the request for a liquor license that honchos of fast Tex-Mex chain Taco Bell want in order to pour booze inside a new Brooklyn Heights location, claiming the burrito bigwigs refused to negotiate when the locals expressed concern about the outposts’ late hours and alcoholic offerings.

Members of Community Board 2’s Executive Committee on Feb. 25 panned the taco titans’ application to serve adult beverages at the location they plan to open at the bottom of a Court Street building between Joralemon and Livingston streets, because Taco Bell reps refused to reconsider its operating hours at a previous meeting of the board’s Health, Environment, and Social Services Committee, according to the panel’s district manager.

“They wanted to stay open to 2 am or so, and the committee wasn’t comfortable with that and when they were trying to negotiate with the reps at the committee meeting the representatives said they’re not authorized to negotiate,” said Robert Perris.

The fact that the reps flat out refused to negotiate with the board suggests that the chalupa chiefs never intended to sincerely engage with the community they hope to open the eatery in, Perris said.

“How do you go to a review session without having negotiation powers,” he said. “Potentially, it’s an act of arrogance to say we’re not able to negotiate, and we are not going to negotiate.”

Executive Committee members also took issue with the request to serve liquor, which many folks who live in the Court Street building objected to, according to local Tom Predhome, who attended the meeting on behalf of the more than 30 residents opposed to allowing booze on site.

The building is already home to pub O’Keefe’s Bar and Grill, which also serves food and booze until 2 am. But that establishment opened decades ago, and the board has not received any complaints about it, according to Perris.

The board’s vote is only advisory, however, and officials with the State Liquor Authority will have the final say on whether the eatery can serve booze with its burritos.

Reps for Taco Bell did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Updated 5:38 pm, March 1, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Who's leading these people, Carrie Nation? Beer at Chipotle is fine, 4 Loko at the 24 hour convenience store until 4am can keep happening, and a bar next door that closes a the same time can totally stay... but NO Corona with your diarrheto Mr. worker who can really only afford that and not some super micro-brew hipster juice at $11 a pint.
March 1, 2019, 9:28 pm
Sheila from Brook Lynn , N Y says:
This is racist against the Mexicans who will want to there. Taco Bell is part of Mexican culture. They quiero it (which means got to have in American). They work so hard here as construction men or subway mariachi singers, how can we deny them their peppermint candy cane flavored Margaritas at Christmas time (or as they say Feliz Navidad) ?
March 2, 2019, 4:54 am
Chrissy Blasey-Chevrolet from Bethesda says:
When I used to drink I did many, many bad things. Now I take Oxy and have delusions of grandeur!
March 2, 2019, 7:19 am
Christy Blazer-Ford from Bethesda says:
I love 4 loko! Makes me craaaaazy!
March 2, 2019, 11:37 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Jim - if they have no money, why are they getting drunk?! Can’t pay child support, but they quiero quiero dos cervzas por favor?? No no no!
March 2, 2019, 5:14 pm
Pootrice Fatman-Love from Spanish Harlem says:
I love the beer and wine they serve, it’s so refreshing. After eating a hot taco, my lips burning with flame sauce, I can’t drown it down with hot hot coffee. Instead I need a big cup a wine! With a straw and ice!!! I don’t live in this neighborhood, but I might come if they open a toco bell with special juice. You know what I mean *wink* *wink*
March 3, 2019, 10:42 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Pay the bribe and be done with it.
March 3, 2019, 12:18 pm
Babra from East New York says:
And what about alcoholism and minors?! They’re just going to serve anyone?!? Nah-ah!!
March 4, 2019, 2:53 am
Jacquline from BK says:
I don't know who these people are, but where I come from alcohol is called the devil's juice.
March 4, 2019, 6:37 am
Mark says:
Believe it or not ‘hot meat taco flaps’ is in some circles code for a female genitalium. Having a beer with your hot, hot meat taco is flaming slang for an alcohol after sex.
March 4, 2019, 3:07 pm

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