In the News: Au Cheval Wants to Serve Liquor at Dawn

••• Eater has more about the plans for 79 Walker (at Cortlandt Alley): “In an email to Eater, [Hogsalt’s Brendan] Sodikoff wrote that the restaurant will not be an Au Cheval if they can’t get the board to approve specific hours of operation, which were not immediately accepted by the Community Board. Sodikoff’s team wanted a 6 a.m. liquor license starting time, and the board only wanted 10 a.m., though the community was generally very supportive of the restaurant, Fredrickson says. Sodikoff also said he needs late night hours for the concept to work. ‘Without the hours, no Au Cheval,’ Sodikoff writes. ‘It’s going to be a long process. Maybe it works. Maybe it doesn’t depending on our ability to operate. If NYC wants an Au Cheval in that location, [write] the community board and let them know to approve our hours.'”

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  1. Re: “Sodikoff’s team wanted a 6 a.m. liquor license starting time, and the board only wanted 10 a.m”

    Who is this guy’s liquor lawyer? Clearly he is not acquainted with New York’s liquor laws, or these guys are simply full of BS. I would just love to hear them now say, “Sorry, NY’s liquor laws automatically kill the possibility of an Au Cheval in NY. Never mind.”

    “Sec. 106.5 – Provisions governing licensees to sell at retail for consumption on the premises. No alcoholic beverages shall be sold, offered for sale, or given away upon any premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages at retail for on-premises consumption during the following hours:

    * Sunday, from four a.m to ten a.m.
    * On any other day between four a.m. and eight a.m.

    Nor shall any person be permitted to consume any alcoholic beverages upon any such premises later than one-half hour after the start of the prohibited hours of sale provided for in this section.”

  2. So the dude, with a restaurant in Chicago that closes at 1 am, says the concept cannot work without late hours. Sorry, I guess NYC does not want an Au Cheval.

  3. Someone who may know more about these things … Is there something else with regard to the restaurant’s operations that is motivating his demand for a 6am start time (impacting the coffee/matcha program)? Or is it just that he wants to corner the market on morning drinking?

    • Here are their Chicago hours:

      Monday: 11:00am – 1:00am
      Tuesday: 11:00am – 1:00am
      Wednesday: 11:00am – 1:00am
      Thursday: 11:00am – 1:00am
      Friday: 11:00am – 1:00am
      Saturday: 11:00am – 1:00am
      Sunday: 10:00am – 12:00am

      I guess they think they cannot pay NYC rent without being an “after-hours” club.