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Liquor License Renewal Hearing To Be Held For Manhattan Restaurant Getting Complaints Over Boozy Brunch

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Manhattan community board is holding a liquor license renewal hearing for a restaurant getting complaints from residents over what they say is a boozy brunch deal.

Residents say weekend customers of Pranna Restaurant at 28th and Madison are staggering out drunk because of a $45 bottomless brunch with unlimited drinks.

In a video posted on YouTube by fed-up residents who live near the restaurant, patrons are seen stumbling and having trouble getting up.

One woman appears unable to walk on her own and later appears to vomit. In the video, a man also appears to be urinating right on the sidewalk.

“Staggering, throwing up, laying down under the wall,” said area worker Tim Hurd.

“You see people drink too much and somebody has to carry them out,” said resident  Henry Horne.

The complaints are now being investigated by the neighborhood’s community board, which will hold a hearing Wednesday night on Pranna’s liquor renewal application.

The restaurant’s owner told CBS 2 off camera that he believes he’s being targeted, saying, “We are the ones who stop serving intoxicated patrons, escort them out and send them home.”

He says he’s open to suggestions, but says he’s planning to continue serving the bottomless drinks.

Many in the neighborhood believe it’s the wrong move.

“You’re endangering everyone out here and it looks bad in the neighborhood out here,” said Hurd.

One question the community board will take up is whether the bottomless brunch violates a state law that prohibits unlimited drink offerings.

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