Top Chef All-Star Jen Carroll is currently shooting Life After Top Chef, a new reality show featuring herself, Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais, and Spike Mendelsohn as they navigate the tricky waters of post-Bravolebritydom. But, sadly, her shmancy status isn’t scoring her any points with New York’s Community Board 2’s SLA Licensing Committee.
She appeared before the Board asking for a 2 a.m. closing time, seven days a week at her new resto, which is slated to open in New York. She and her lawyer begged and pleaded, arguing that they wanted to provide a haven for other restaurateurs, chefs, and industry workers to hang out at after they all get out of work. But, Jen, her lawyer, and her foxy florescent orange dress couldn’t pull it off, despite of her honorable intentions. Neighbors complained about the noise it would stir up for all those oh-so-quiet residential West Villagers, and, in the end, Jen had to settle for a midnight closing time Sunday through Thursday, and a 1am closing time on Friday and Saturday.
When GrubStreet approached her for comment after she had been dealt the crushing blow, Jen replied, “I don’t want to get into this too much right now.”
Don’t worry, homegirl. We’ll all come frequent your new seafood joint and promise to stay late and take you out for Negronis at a real afterhours bar once you open.
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