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UPDATE: Sunburnt Calf One Step Closer to Legalizing Backyard Seating

CB8 supports application after owner agrees to plant more shrubs and close patio early.

 

Update: June 19, 2012: Owner Heathe St. Clair let us know today that the cafe tables in front are within the property line (meaning they don't need a license, according to Community Board 8).

He added that when he applied to CB8 for support for a liquor license, he included his plans for backyard seating. After he was informed that he needed separate approval for the outdoor seating, he closed it until the approval comes through. 

When the backyard re-opens, he will not have amplified music, he said. Finally, he noted that he lives across from the restaurant and will happily give any neighbors his cell phone number so they can call him if the restaurant ever gets to loud. 

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 one step closer legalizing its outdoor seating. 

Community Board 8 supported the Vanderbilt Avenue restaurant owner's request at its meeting Thursday night. (.)

The approval came after owner Heathe St. Clair agreed to close the backyard patio at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends, notplay music outdoors, and plant more shurbs and other greenery in the yard to absorb some of the noise. 

St. Clair still needs to get approval for the al freco tables from the Department of Buildings.

The restaurant, located at 611 Vanderbilt Ave. between between St. Marks and Bergen, opened in the fall serving "Austral-Asian" food: Australian cuisine with Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese influences. 

The menu has such dishes as Vegetable Tempura Massaman Curry, Shaking Beef Bahn Mi and Roti with Crispy Thai Chicken. The full bar offers such creative cocktails as a Thai Chili Cucumber Margarita.

In a piece of trivia, Prospect Heights has a total of three Australian-owned eateries (so far, a fourth is in the works), with  on Classon and  on Vanderbilt. 

Grand Army June 18, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Personally I'm frustrated by restaurant owners who play by the rules only when forced to. Building out their backyard -- and including a mega sound system -- without first acquiring a license to serve alcohol outdoors is a dishonest way to do business. Applying for the necessary permits after the fact is too cynical and shows little respect for local residents. Vanderbilt Ave is reaching a tipping point where the noise from outdoor drinkers will soon offset the benefits of these new venues. I've been to Sunburnt Calf a few times but no longer. I just can't support this kind of unethical behaviour.
park place June 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Wait, is this place approved for a sidewalk cafe? I thought not, but in one of the photos the owner is sitting at a table on the sidewalk. Doesn't that mean he's already serving alcohol outdoors?
Grand Army June 18, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I don't understand how they have tables on the sidewalk either.
Amy Sara Clark June 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I'll check into it and report back - Amy
Amy Sara Clark June 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Hi All, An update. CB8 says Sunburnt Calf does not have a cafe license for the front tables, but if they are within the building's property line (which it looks like they might be), they don't need one. Have left a message at Sunburnt Calf to check this. -Amy
park place June 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
i don't think the property line typically includes the sidewalk, but i could be wrong. it's interesting at least to know what the rule is supposed to be, as i've never quite understood why some seem to need a separate permit and others don't. mind you, i don't really have a problem with sidewalk cafes, i just think the permitting process serves to make operators aware of relevant rules and concerns which they otherwise seem oblivious to.

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