SUNSET PARK – Brooklyn’s District 10 Community Board voted Monday night to recommend the State Liquor Authority approve a liquor license for Euphoria, a new karaoke bar at 834 62nd Street, as long as the owner agreed to a long list of stipulations intended to avoid the site’s troubled history.
The new bar, featuring 10 karaoke rooms and a 191-patron capacity, would open at the location previously occupied by V Lounge in 2011 and Good World from 2012-2014, just around the corner from the 8th Ave stop on the N line. These clubs drew significant complaints from the community as well as scrutiny from law enforcement for everything from noise to violence to drug arrests.
Since the new owner, Yuan Da Lu, agreed to the long list of stipulations and has renovated the premises, the Board will recommend the SLA approve his application.
The stipulations include that the establishment must be for karaoke only, with no dancing, live music, DJs or promoted events. Additionally, karaoke can only happen in designated rooms outfitted with security cameras and windows on all the doors. The owner or manager must be on the premises during operating hours, along with at least five security personnel who must monitor video feeds in real time, and there must be a dedicated cell phone number where the owner or manager can be reached by community members.
Some Board members expressed worries about whether five security personnel would be sufficient considering the space’s size, and that stipulations had been included at the site previously and did not prevent problems with the previous establishments.
Liquor licenses take about 2-5 months to process, so it is unlikely Euphoria may open before December.