The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:
The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.
“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.
The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.
Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month.
The pair turned it into a pop-up outdoor nightclub called the Brooklyn Mirage. And because it was a temporary venue, they didn’t have to consult the community board before obtaining a booze-serving permit — a fact that bugged some committee members, even though it was by the book, because the first they heard of the venue was when they heard the venue.
Neighbors filed six noise complaints against the property in the months of August and September, three on the night of a Mirage party that ran until 6 am, according to city records
Bunker’s owners assured the committee they had no affiliation with the discos and are not planning any all-night ragers. They said their restaurant space would be a modest operation with an outdoor space that is encased in cement to block sound.