Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Nightlife on Post Avenue continues to pop. The Westbury Village Board of Trustees recently granted Westbury resident Miriam Hernandez a six-month special use permit to open up a lounge.
Hernandez stresses that the lounge will be a relaxed place for people to hang out. There will be no live music, DJs, or dancing, just soft background music. She notes her establishment will provide a good place for people to meet and relax before or after a show at the theater soon to open across the street.
“It’s not a bar or club, it’s a get-together lounge where you can have a drink. I don’t want a place that is raunchy or where people are going to be fighting or getting drunk,” Hernandez said. “I don’t think it’s going to give Post Avenue something negative, it’s going to be positive.”
However, one community member raised concerns at the village board meeting on June 13. Who would be monitoring the possibility of unruly characters and disorderly conduct that can come hand in hand with nightlife?
“Do we need another club in Westbury on Post Avenue? Who is going to police when people are in there? They say one thing when they ask to open these things, but we live here and have to put up with what’s going on,” the concerned resident said. “Who’s going to make sure Westbury keeps its good name?”
Mayor Peter Cavallaro responded by saying that with the opening of the theater, establishments of this nature should be expected and would enhance the downtown.
“Many people have expressed to the board that they don’t like that after 8 o’clock, there’s nothing going on downtown,” the mayor said. “You asked who’s going to regulate it. That’s our responsibility with the Nassau County Police Department. Primarily, it’s our responsibility.”
Some at the meeting supported the mayor’s point of view.
“I like what she’s bringing in and I’m excited,” one Westbury man said. “It’s going to be good to not be looking at empty stores when you walk down Post Ave.”
The lounge’s target audience is those in their upper 20s to 60s. The lounge will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The application originally requested the facility be open until 4 a.m. from Friday to Sunday, but the board modified the hours and Hernandez accepted the reduced hours.
Before opening, interior alterations will be done to the space, including adding a bar, handicap bathroom and eventually, a small kitchen. The facility, at 259 Post Avenue, is currently being used as a retail space until Hernandez takes over. She is hoping to start construction in July and open in August.
Hernandez also currently owns the Hernandez Agency on Maple Ave. According to its website, the Hernandez Agency offers financial and insurance services.