A swank Brooklyn waterfront eatery operating under a sweetheart lease with the city is now seeking its blessing to expand operations with live music and dancing, according to the New York Post.
The River Cafe, which sits on city parkland next to Fulton Landing, is expected to face some opposition when it goes before Community Board 2 tonight on an application for a cabaret license, with civic groups concerned the restaurant won't kick concession revenues toward the under-funded, long-delayed Brooklyn Bridge Park project next door.
Records show owner Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe pays just $5,536 a month in rent -- a tiny fee for the location and the magnificent East River skyline views.
The restaurant opened in 1977 under a city lease that runs through 2025.
New York Post - February 3, 2010 - By Rich Calder
Courier-Life -February 3, 2010 - By Stephen Witt