Red-carpet event space eyes Williamsburg
by Andrew Shilling
May 15, 2013 | 712 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Waylin Seymour LLC owner and representatives at Community Board 1 meeting.
Waylin Seymour LLC owner and representatives at Community Board 1 meeting.
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Waylin B. Seymour, a high-end bar, catering facility and event space, is expected to open in the restored Williamsburg Savings Bank space at 175 Broadway.

While the tentative opening date is still unannounced, representatives of the new event space met with Community Board 1's SLA Review and Public Safety committees last week hoping for their support in obtaining a liquor license and support.

“For the most part they’re going to have corporate events and weddings,” said a Waylin B. Seymour representative.

The owners agreed to develop a comprehensive parking and security plan, and also told the board they would commit to donating to a local non-profit organization in the neighborhood.

As the venue is expected to stay open until 4 a.m. throughout the week, a spokesperson for the venue said, “we don’t expect it to get loud and noisy,” and explained that most events will end between 1:30 and 2 a.m.

He added that the maximum capacity for the venue is roughly 550 on the ground floor and around 200 on the second floor art gallery.

Thomas Burrows, CB1 Public Safety chair, was concerned that a premier catering space might receive some flack if it is positioned across the street from a seven-story residential building.

“If Madonna came to a party there and one of her outfits on Broadway and the people across the streets looked out the windows, you would hear from some really loud people and there’d be a lot of them,” Burrows said.

While he was concerned about events taking up sidewalk space and a little worried about possible impending parking issues, he told the owner that he wants to see their facility succeed.

“I think it’s a fabulous space, I just want to make sure when you open there are no issues,” Burrows said.

CB1 vice-chairman Rabbi Joseph Webber said he plans to rent out the place for a wedding when it opens.

“We’ll be walking there, but parking is still a very important thing,” Webber joked.

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