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From nightclub to day-care: Controversial W’burg venue in flux

The Brooklyn Paper

It could be a nightclub, a day-care, or an organic restaurant — but no matter what a Manhattan nightlife impresario opens in his Williamsburg building, he won’t be serving booze anytime soon, state officials say.

Club owner Alexander Dimitrov has floated a number of ideas for a N. First Street space — a discotheque, a club for teenaged partiers, and a locavore restaurant with a rooftop garden, among them — but the State Liquor Authority won’t let him serve alcohol until he cleans up an embattled Lower East Side venue.

State inspectors slapped Dimitrov’s Manhattan bar Mehanata with several violations after staff allegedly failed to supervise revelers and allowed disorderly behavior last year.

Dimitrov tried to get an additional license for the bar in January, but the state rejected his request two months later citing disciplinary problems — and an agency spokesman said the pending charges won’t help him if and when he files an application for his Williamsburg building.

The party hall owner initially wanted to open a Brooklyn club called Williamsburg Manor. But he retreated from the original concept last month after neighbors lashed out against the plan and Community Board 1 voted against his request for a liquor license application.

Dimitrov instead said he would open a restaurant that serves gourmet pizza, pasta, and raw foods with a rooftop vegetable garden.

But last week, he told the Daily News he was contemplating turning the space into an alcohol-free all-ages dance club, with “a thousand kids there to go crazy all night long.”

However he now says he has already soured on that idea.

“I’m getting to old for that stuff,” he told The Brooklyn Paper. “I just said it’s absolutely legal to do a teenage nightclub. But I’m not going to do it. Most likely not.”

Now he says he will lease out the space — potentially to a child-care center.

“My first option is to rent it out,” he said. “The only people who have approached me so far is a day-care center. I don’t care what they rent it for, as long as I can cover my losses and move on.”

Neighbors worry that Dimitrov could change his plans on a whim — and fear he doesn’t have their best interests at heart when considering possible uses for the space.

“His antagonistic, antisocial behavior and history of misrepresenting his intentions show a complete disdain for the community in which he wishes to do business,” said Williamsburg resident Jann Schwarz. “He has managed to alienate a very diverse group of neighbors across all walks of life who are united in stopping his exploitative, cynical business from doing damage to a quiet, inclusive and family-friendly part of Williamsburg.”

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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fernando from williamsburg says:
I think this guy is crazy.
May 21, 2012, 4:44 pm
kevin from wburg says:
Pretty clear he's f*ckin with the media, the neighb, his reputation, etc. He's probably angry now, and stirring the pot to show his wings aren't clipped. Do we really need another bar, dance club, event space.
May 21, 2012, 10:21 pm
Sandy from 11249 says:
His plans are whiplash inspiring.
May 23, 2012, 2:30 pm
Anonymous from Brooklyn says:
Its a pity this stage is about to exploit all over again only this time its at the expense of the community.
90% of this entire operation is illegal.
Mr Dimitrov's resources are funnel by an underground army of Chinese investors who believe they're the best thing in entertainment which ever exist.
Mr. dimitrov was an artist once upon a time until he met some hard-times and sold his soul to a very unique Chinese organization who boast themselves to have leaved know trails or evidence of wrong doing in all their dangerous underground criminal activities involving Sex, abuse to young immigrant Chinese women and girls, illegal drugs & bootleg alcohol at all their night clubs including one own by Mr. Dimitrov and now this new location in Brooklyn.
The group hoist its flag after pirating ambitious up and coming businessmen like Alexanda Dimitrov who does not believe in conventional American nor does he respect the Very United States of American which he have attained all his reason to be a part of this criminal organization.
Mr. Dimitrov like most others have been corralled into a business deal - got an invite to China as on business and thereupon got convince that The (Quote) "Chinese are in fact going to Take Over The World" (end of A.Dimitrov's Quote).
Here it is: The Items produce - Hard Produce | Convenient Trade portability | CASH MONEY Lots of it | Illegal Drugs Every Leading acceptable and or experimental type of substance drug abuse possible expendable Human Resource such as special types drug addicts.

Hard Produce; - Sex - Plenty of it in all forms, Drugs much under-detected - (Got to hand it to them - The streamline is really unique & Totally on cached by the DEA's Radars)., Illegal Alcohol or Boot-leg every alcohol beverage in existence, Home-grown or in-house Thieves sometimes posses as license security helpers - who will assist in stealing everything from your cell phone to credit cards - which in-turn is sold immediately to hawkers on contract with the club management - You can loose a credit card and in the same hour someone in Africa just purchase over $800.00 in products. ( I would be blind if this doesn't happen).

Convenient Trade: Mr. Dimitrov had nothing left after his club was close from the first canal & Broadway street location. Dimitrov hadn't enough investment and was already going broke after looking at what would be the now Mehanata Bulgarian Bar at 113 Ludlow who's building and its network of owners are also involved.
Owners of properties and real estates in Las Vegas, upstate New York, Florida and a number of small Manhattan deli's Same one group owners. This type of business is allowed in China because its considered a strong part of their bolstering economy - authorities are cautioned NOT to interfere unless it (The drugs, sex, alcohol and criminal activities) affects the physical exterior of the communities in which they operate. So granted the coverup is probably already in place between Manhattan and Brooklyn's new Mehanata location. Besides the deli's in Manhattan they're owners of at least 2- new hotels one in Chinatown canal and lafayette.

CASH MONEY: Good Jesus Lots of it. When alex wants some money it comes in bullions - lack of better word.
Make no mistakes - Cash is carefully given account for - now alex on a night of close of business himself and two designated workers must make deposit in vault at specific time NOT earlier or LATER the same is streaming live to cellphones of owners in control - Alex Dimitrov is smart person but there is a certain problem with control that he is never allowed as he would have had if he had kept his integrity and what he'd had with the original Mehanata. Being said even if there was never an opportunity to reopen he would have remain a true artist.

But now? Don't be fooled Mr. Dimitrov is no artist - Mr. Dimitrov is constantly drugged up until a few years ago begun transition to Chinese methods of something having to do with hypnotizing oneself daily in order to perform.

Illegal Drugs and illegal immigration HARD-LABOR, happens to be the most important outside of business as usual Such as boot-leg alcohol etc.,

Alex Dimitrov have obtain status of main Point-Man - the perfect shaolin so said his boss - a dumb-as-little kid who believes he can stop any Chinese American from breading if problem serving his table in Chinatown restaurant etc.

Yours Sincerely Y. Ours
I remain yours aslo

Anonymous!
Dec. 11, 2012, 6:46 am
james from brooklyn says:
Wow this guy is some conspiracy theorist. Must be always looking over his shoulders so aliens wont abduct him. Keep your crazy comments to yourself so the world wont see how crazy you really are!
May 30, 2013, 10:06 pm
slavie says:
That is so funny. Not one thing is true about mr. Dimitrov.
May 31, 2013, 2:26 pm

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