Friday, June 15, 2007


Earlier this week I spoke with Heather Millstone of the downtown bar Heathers about the community board meeting, scheduled for Monday, where renewal of its liquor license will be considered. (Here's a a New York Times article on the Heathers controversy, which I've been covering in numerous posts.)

Heathers, which carries three gluten-free beers and gluten-free cider on tap, is a bar that is extraordinarily welcoming to people on gluten-free diets. The site of two Happy Hours organized by the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group, it stands out in its community, its city, and its state as a bar that makes life a little better for the gluten-free.

Here are two ways you can help Heathers by helping community board members appreciate the "public benefit" of Heathers.
  • Send civil and supportive emails to District Manager Susan Stetzer (sstetzer @ and to Committee Chair Alexandra Militello (slacommittee @, and cc Heather (heathersbar @ to let her know what you've done.
  • Show your support by attending the Monday evening meeting. The details are
    Community Board 3 Meeting
    State Liquor Authority & Economic Development Committee
    JASA/Green Residence
    200 East 5th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Ave)
    Monday, June 18 at 6:30pm

  • Photo of sign at Heathers: David Marc Fischer

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