Zaklama causing trouble in Hoboken again
Nardines Restaurant once again bothering Hoboken residents
Dr. Esmat Zaklama has seen his share of contentious moments in Hoboken.
From accusations for a Garden St. property he owns (see council video from 2007 after the jump), to complaints about Nardine’s Restaurant at 1st and Jackson (known as 609-615 First Street) back in 2004. See petition noting many “bad neighbor” complaints signed by over 40 area residents back in 2004 HERE.
Well, Dr. Zaklama is back in the news again. Seems that clean-up activity & roof construction work has been taking place at the Nardine’s location that has many residents wondering if a new bar / restaurant will be opening up. Apparently, Zaklama may be trying to renew the expired liquor license at this location, but no authorization from the NJ State ABC board has been given yet.
Police issue summonses for unauthorized operation
Back in late June, Hoboken police received complaints that the restaurant was indeed open, and operating illegally.
When police responded to the 1st & Jackson location (formerly known a long time ago as “Casella’s Restaurant”), they found the establishment open, but with an empty bar and several individuals inside – including a DJ, and person behind the bar. Dr. Zaklama was also on the premises, and was told by the A.B.C. Enforcement Officer that an inspection to ensure compliance with regulations would take place.
Dr. Zaklama could not present any valid licenses or permits, and provided vague and indirect responses to the officers inquiries. He did, however, present a copy of a “resolution” that supposedly granted an A.B.C. Retail Plenary License renewal valid until June 30, 2010 – but could produce no physical license.
He also added that he had “court ordered” authorization to operate his business – but once again couldn’t provide said court order. Police also noted that there were practically no alcoholic beverages in the building (other than a handful unopened beers in a bucket under the bar), and the refrigeration units were unplugged.
The Hoboken Construction Code Official, Al Arezzo also told police that Zaklama didn’t have a certificate of occupancy yet.
After receiving summonses for hindering an A.B.C. Investigation, Unlawful sale of alcohol and failure to maintain A.B.C. records, Dr. Zaklama agreed to close operation of the premises as he had no licensed personnel to operate same, however, he indicated that he would re-open once he had the properly licensed personnel. More to come on this…
But Zaklama hates other buildings
Ironically, Dr. Zaklama was seen recently near Ground Zero in Manhattan. On June 6th – SOIA (Stop the Islamization of America) held a rally to protest the building of a mosque less than 1,000 feet from the site of the 9/11 catastrophe at the World Trade Center.
See City Council video from 2007 after the break