FLATIRON DISTRICT (PIX11) – A compilation video posted online shows staggering-drunk patrons outside a Madison Avenue bottomless-brunch spot urinating, falling and vomiting.
The YouTube compilation “Pranna Brunch Problems Summer 2014” is a warning to those who would imbibe recklessly without first finishing at least a pancake or some scrambled eggs. As part of “The People’s Brunch,” Pranna offers all-you-can-drink mimosas, bellinis, screwdrivers or sangria for $45.
Along with the brunch, Pranna has a nighclub atmosphere and patrons dance to a DJ’s playlist — partying like it’s Saturday or Sunday night.
After drinking, eating and dancing, people stagger out into the daylight. The video shows one girl fall face-first into the curb as her friend tries to hail a cab — the driver takes one look and speeds off with the door still open.
Another young woman dutifully takes off her shoes before vomiting onto the sidewalk, while a man can be seen peeing in the open as another becomes belligerent before wobbling down the sidewalk, weaving from one side to the other.
Rajiv Sharma, who owns Pranna with his wife Payal, believes the video may be the creation of a competitor or angry neighbor. Pranna’s liquor license expires at the end of September, and they are in the process of trying to renew it.
“We know this is a planned, targeted, timeley attack on Pranna,” Sharma said. “We have a community board meeting tomorrow so you can see how the timing works.”
Sharma said he has always kept his doors open to anyone with complaints during Pranna’s six years, and has clarified issues in the past.
“It seems very odd that someone who has never complained is doing this,” Sharma said.