amnesia nightclub in Bay Ridge has not changed its ways, critics say

Community Board vows to have Amnesia's liquor license revoked

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Amnesia is living up to its name, say community leaders who claim that owners of the Bay Ridge Brazilian steakhouse accused of bringing pounding music, rowdy customers, and illegally parked cars to Fourth Avenue has forgotten the terms of the deal they hammered out earlier this year to get their liquor license renewed.

In March, Amnesia owner Frank Sofia told Community Board 10 that he was done with running the controversial club and wanted to convert the space into a classy Italian restaurant with quiet background music, a buffet, and customers dining on Amnesia’s once-illegal dance floor.

Fast forward five months and nothing has changed: fliers promoting Amnesia have appeared under car windshield wipers throughout Bay Ridge this week with pictures of a pink-infused interior, a disco ball twinkling from the ceiling, DJ turntables, and dancing revelers — everything Sofia said the space wouldn’t become.

The flier promised “special guest DJs spinning the best of house, hip-hop, Latin, and more,” and encouraged readers to text for updates.

This paper fired off a message, and received a reply advertising a deejay showdown, and the first of a series of what the club promoters call “Saturday Amnesia nights.”

A call to the restaurant confirmed that the eatery was hosting dance parties.

CB 10 approved his liquor application on the condition that he agreed not to run Amnesia as a nightclub.

Yet Sofia didn’t have to abide by the deal since CB10’s recommendation is only advisory. The state ultimately approved his liquor license request, but Amnesia still doesn’t have a cabaret license, meaning that if patron’s start dancing, they’re doing so illegally, according to a city Department of Consumer Affairs spokesman.

Members of board’s Police and Public Safety Committee plan to jog Sofia’s memory about his pledge by pushing to have Amnesia’s booze rights pulled.

“If the owner of this venue blatantly disregards the stipulations they agreed to, we as a committee will seek to revoke their liquor license,” Chairman George Fontas said.

Sofia and his attorney Warren Pesetsky did not respond to multiple calls for comment, but an Amnesia staffer insisted that the hotspot was cleaning up its act and vetting party planners.

“We’ve got whole new management and whole new staff,” said assistant Mike Mendoza. “We’re not going to have any outside promoters, because that’s where the trouble starts.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at Follow him on Twitter at
Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
There's no demand for a "club" like this in Bay Ridge. Most of the guidos and guidettes who would frequent a place like that live in Saten Island now.

Time for someone to buy this place and put up some nice condos with a roof top swimming pool.
Sept. 11, 2012, 10:39 am
We're Not Going To Take It Anymore from Sunset Park says:
For the second time in as many weeks this folks have HYPERPOSTED their 20X24 posters all over Sunset Park- so far we've counted over 300 poster between 36th/60th Streets- 2nd/8th Avenues. Sunset Park already has numerous "restaurants" that host CLUB Nights without CABARET licenses and now our streets are being illegally used to market and promote similar activities in a neighboring venue. Respectable businesses advertise legally by paying for their marketing and advertising, not on the street. And, where are Sanitation, Consumer Affairs, NYS Liquor Authority, Elected Officials, BIDs, etc. in all of this? They're part of the CIVIC AMNESIA that allows this behavior to fester.
Sept. 14, 2012, 10:34 am
Informer from Bay Ridge says:
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board issued a Stop Work Order on Amnesia last night. Someone should notify the Community Board and the State Liquor Authority.
Sept. 15, 2012, 8:22 pm
Willie from Bay Ridge says:
As a result of Sandy, I just moved to Bay Ridge from Brighton Beach. As I walked around the neighborhood I took it as a lovely, working middle class, safe, quiet neighborhood. Lo and behold I come home from work the night before Thanksgiving there is a riot going on outside this club. A dozen or more cop cars and patrons cursing them. I don't know what this was about, but I'd like to be far away from it!
Nov. 29, 2012, 10:31 am

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