Turns out that the new restaurant that is scheduled to open up on City Island is a partnership between Paul, the Albanian owner of The Lighthouse and Jimmy, the Puerto Rican former owner of Jimmy's Cafe and current owner of two other Don Coqui restaurants.
City Island Images visited with these individuals today and they told cimages.me that they've also teamed up with the former owner of Lido Restaurant. However, they say that unfortunate operational issues have now delayed their grand opening.
We asked them about the possibility of gambling on these premises and they laughed. However, their plans do include live music on site, and things could get a bit more complicated if they're planning for visitors to eat, drink and dance.
According to NYC code, any room, place, or space in New York City in which patron dancing is permitted in connection with the restaurant business or a business that sells food and or beverages to the public requires a Cabaret license. As far as we know, Sammy is the only restaurant with a cabaret license on City Island.
This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Cabaret license.
New York City businesses must comply with all relevant federal, state, and City laws and rules. All laws and rules of the City of New York, including the Consumer Protection Law and Rules, are accessible using the Public Access Portal. For convenience, sections of the New York City Licensing Law (and Rules, if enacted) are available below: