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In Re 7th Avenue Restaurant Group LLC, Petitioner-Appellant v. New York State Liquor Authority

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


December 27, 2012

IN RE 7TH AVENUE RESTAURANT GROUP LLC, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
NEW YORK STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY, RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.

Matter of 7th Ave. Rest. Group LLC v New York State Liq. Auth.

Decided on December 27, 2012

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Friedman, J.P., Acosta, Renwick, Richter, Roman, JJ.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Eileen A. Rakower, J.), entered February 10, 2012, denying the petition to annul the determination of respondent New York State Liquor Authority, dated November 16, 2011, which denied petitioner's application to renew its on-premises liquor license, and dismissing this proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The State Liquor Authority's determination to deny petitioner's application to renew its on-premises liquor license has a rational basis (see Matter of Farina v State Liq. Auth., 20 NY2d 484, 491 [1967]; see also Cromwell, Inc. v Hoffman, 283 AD2d 333, 334 [1st Dept 2001]). The record reflects that after a change of ownership in 2009, petitioner adopted a new trade name, renovated the premises, extended its hours from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. and began playing loud music, causing its neighbors to register dozens of noise complaints. The State Liquor Authority received complaints from petitioner's landlord, the local community board and numerous concerned citizens and reviewed notices of violation issued by the New York City Buildings, Police and Fire Departments to petitioner for, among other things, operating an "illegal cabaret" without a license. Since petitioner was only licensed to serve liquor under a "restaurant" license (see Alcoholic Beverage Control Law § 64), respondent's determination to deny its renewal application was "not arbitrary and capricious" (see Rose Group Park Ave. LLC v New York State Liq. Auth., 93 AD3d 1, 3 [1st Dept 2012], lv denied 18 NY3d 953 [2012]).

The agency did not exceed its statutory authority in adopting 9 NYCRR § 48.8(a), as the rule is not "out of harmony with the [licensing] statute[s]" (see Matter of Metro. Movers Assn., Inc. v Liu, 95 AD3d 596, 600 [1st Dept 2012], quoting Matter of Jones v Berman, 37 NY2d 42, 53 [1975]).

We have considered petitioner's remaining contentions and find them unavailing.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: DECEMBER 27, 2012

CLERK

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