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No Cabaret for New Rochelle Restaurant

The Puerto Rican restaurant had illegally operated a cabaret before making an application for the required paperwork.

Siete Ocho Siete will not be getting a cabaret license any time soon.

The New Rochelle City Council voted unanimously to not grant a special permit that would allow the Puerto Rican-food restaurant located on Pelham Road to operate as a cabaret in the heavily residential neighborhood.

Councilman Jared Rice, D-District 3, said he thought the parking plan and security issues had not been resolved to the council's satisfaction.

Counciman Barry Fertel, D-District 5, agreed, adding that the restaurant's owner had acted in "bad faith and with unclean hands" by operating a cabaret illegally before it had filed an application for the necessary special permit.

"That is something that has to be considered at least in this council member's mind," he said.

Mayor Noam Bramson and Councilwoman Shari Rackman, D-District 6, would have preferred to table the special permit legislation for two weeks to allow the owner to submit additional information or revise the application.

The special permit was the subject of a bifurcated public hearing during which many neighbors and patrons of the restaurant spoke of the problems surrounding the establishment—noisy customers, parking problems, litter, to name a few—and the benefits of having a Puerto Rican-themed place where food and drink could be enjoyed.

Bramson said the rejection of the current application does not prejudice the owner's ability to submit a new application in the future.

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youmustbekidding October 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Could not find anyone bigger for kickbacks.. That's the city council reason...Illegal cabarets throughout the county let alone this city and they choose this Restaurant..Any special reason why the Puerto Rican part of the article needed to be there???
Lisa Roberts October 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM
That's really too bad. The competing Puerto Rican style restaurant near I95 in New Rochelle is allowed to valet park customers' cars under the overpass. Late at night the area is congested with patrons waiting for their cars, urinating in plain sight, leaving trash, fighting, and the owner just doesn't care. There's an increased drug dealing presence as well. The food is so-so, the interior is dirty, and the general atmosphere is uncomfortable and borders on sleazy. Siete Ocho Siete is run well, are good neighbors, and the food and service are excellent. The owner has been a fixture in New Rochelle for decades. I sense a bit of favoritism here...seriously, if Siete Ocho Siete can't be granted a cabaret license, then Don Coqui"s license should be taken away as well. I've been to both and I can, based on experience, tell you Don Coqui is a dangerous place. The ownership has refused to put a stop to the illegal activities that take place on their property. Siete Ocho Siete is safe, clean, friendly, concerned about the neighborhood and have zero tolerance for the riff-raff you see at Don Coqui. I dine at Siete Ocho Siete frequently with my friends and family. There isn't enough money in the world to make me return to Don Coqui.
Peggy Tavares October 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I live right down the street from Siete Ocho Siete, first off the owner is Italian with partners, as for a cabaret when it was Mama Franchesco's they had a singer and piano player it never bothered anyone and was a nice added attraction for dinning. If this cabaret is done for dinning why not... If it's to turn into a club after dinner I say HELL NO!!!!!!! it will become a club and a hang out. This area of town is quiet and very family friendly, please don't turn this into a Don Coqui's hangout.
Michael Woyton (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Well, it IS a Puerto Rican restaurant and several people during the public hearing made a point of saying they loved the fact that they could get Puerto Rican food and ambiance at the place.
Perla October 18, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Siete Ocho Siete is run well, had my birthday party there everything ran very nicely and safe . The staff are responsible and very attentive. The food and service are excellent. Siete ocho siete should absolutely 100% be granted a cabaret license.
Michael Woyton (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
The owner can reapply for a cabaret license.
Gary October 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
You stated that at Don Coqui there is 'urinating in plain sight, leaving trash, fighting, and the owner just doesn't care. There's an increased drug dealing presence as well'. What do you think happens at Siete Ocho Siete on the weekends? Guess what, the same thing! In the mornings I go to Marina Deli for coffee and on saturday and sunday mornings I have seen used condoms just thrown in the parking lot, empty beer bottles along with other garbage thrown around, syringes, also a small bag what looked like marijuana and vomit from people who apparently don't know how to control their drinking. When Mamma Francesca was there you never saw that.
youmustbekidding October 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
The owner can do this and do that...the best thing he should have done was get out of this screwed up city......Just like the mayor says...this does not predjudice his ability to re apply....BULL you are all predjudiced against something that does not cater to you......

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