‘Sixth’ sense! Owner kills sports bar plan on quiet Slope street

Slopers feel very unlucky about Lou’s
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Make that Unlucky Lou’s.

The owner of the controversial would-be sports bar Lucky Lou’s has withdrawn his application for a full liquor license for his Sixth Avenue establishment after pressure from neighbors who said the new bar would turn the quaint residential street into a drunken jock fest.

“There was a lot of reluctance from the community — and I think he knew we wouldn’t grant [approval],” said Mark Shames of Community Board 6, noting the residentially zoned strip isn’t suited for a sports bar crowd.

Owner Luis Cordero initially sought to cater to football fans and sling hard liquor until 4 am, then changed his plan, saying he would serve “four-star food” and cater to families.

But dozens of neighbors on the Park Slope street — which has remained residential and quiet despite its position between the neighborhood’s two bustling commercial spines — nevertheless stormed a CB6 hearing two weeks ago to protest.

Residents questioned Cordero’s character and the appropriateness of the bar site — which is surrounded by a school; a library; several churches; and at least one other bar, the popular Park Slope Ale House.

Cordero owns the building and is able to skirt residental zoning restrictions because he is grandfathered in under its original commercial zoning — which applied to the now-closed Kohzee Café in the same space.

He says he’ll apply for the easier-to-get beer and wine license, and just wants a “nice little cafe.”

“These people made a big stink out of it … but I want to please the neighborhood and I don’t want them to be angry at me,” he said.