OK, OK, let’s put matters of racial anxiety away, and get back to the unsexy matters surrounding a proposed club on the Park Slope-Prospect Heights border…like, operating hours. And menu choices. The owner has been making concessions and compromises in the face of community resistance, but it’s not enough: this is Park Slope we’re talking about, and if the owner isn’t going to suck up his investment as a loss and walk away (which, duh, he totally should), every one in the area should have input as to how to shape the business.
The Park Slope Patch reports:
Prime 6 owner Akiva Ofshtein agreed to a series of compromises—including sound proofing the backyard and ditching plans for an outdoor bar if the community agrees to his proposed hours of operation. Ofshtein has also retooled the restaurant concept, now aiming to open a restaurant that focuses more on “local meats and lots of vegetables,” opposed to the original concept of a “steakhouse” or “California kitchen.”
The neighborhood not only knows what’s best for the menu, but also what the hours of operation should be, suggesting the bar close a few hours earlier than the law allows, and close their patio an hour before nearby competitors. According to Patch, “Members of the community and [community board] maintained that earlier hours were plenty late for Park Slope’s residential crowd.” If you’re not building a restaurant that serves “lots of vegetables” for the people who live right around your building, why are you starting a business at all?