I can only imagine how nervous the owners were.
I'll tell a short story, but basically, the owners made a bet.
As most are aware, the owners invested huge amounts of $ building a restaurant under the assumption that it would be granted a full liquor license (beer, wine, hard liquor)
However, a liquor lic was not a sure thing because a church is located nearby. Sometimes, churches are willing to write letters stating they are ok with bars being near them in exchange for -ahem- "donations".
From what I have been told, either this church was not ok with writing said letter and/or there was "confusion" about whether the State Liquor Authority should use its discretion in order to override this long standing "tradition".
Hence, there was nail biting by the owner.
Hence, there was some gloating by those who told the owner that "putting a huge amount of money into a site that is not assured a liquor lic is a risky move".
In the meantime, Variable Costs were being minimized....
Fixed/sunk costs were not being recouped....
Then, as they had hoped, the beer and wine license was approved and they proudly began serving alcohol. They continue to wait on word whether they will get an expanded lic which would allow "hard liquor"
For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.