NYPOST -- City restaurants struggle to navigate pesky rules

The owners of a planned tiny new wine bar on Columbus Avenue have walked away from their lease, forfeiting more than $100,000 in rent security, because they say city agencies made it impossible to open the place.

The operators were not amateurs but rather the New York Restaurant Group, the well-financed team behind six successful Italian cafés. Co-owner Bob Malta says the Landmarks Preservation Commission tied construction up in knots at 294 Columbus Ave., while Dept. of Buildings rules required them to install sprinklers throughout the whole building, even though the café would only take up 800 square feet on the ground floor.

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