Beatnik restaurant seeks rezoning


East Village Association board meeting
March 19, 2018
1019 N. Wolcott Ave.
Present: Michael VanDam, Michelle Hayward, Dan Johnson, Brian Foote, Neal McKnight
Guests: Beatnik/Bonhomme Hospitality, Thomas Raines (attorney), Rafid Hindo and Daniel Alonso.

By Neal McKnight

Beatnik Upzone

Bonhomme Hospitality Group is requesting that EVA support or not oppose a requested upzone for Beatnik restaurant at 1604 W. Chicago Ave. The requested upzone is from B1-3 to B3-1 to accommodate a full restaurant license, which will allow for a dedicated bar area and the issuance of a Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license.

Daniel Alonso and Rafid Hindo noted that Beatnik has been a good neighbor and that there have been no complaints and no calls for service. The principals also were open to a Plan of Operation and Type 1 zoning. In addition, Beatnik does not plan on having paid DJ events and is willing to include specific restrictions in the Plan of Operation regarding the PPA.

Board members noted that there had been complaints on the block about delivery trucks blocking Chicago Avenue. Alonso and Hindo noted that it was a constant battle to have vendors comply and that they would redouble efforts to warn delivery vehicles.

The board agreed to take the matter under consideration and noted that the scope of the zoning change may not require a full membership vote.

Membership and Future Activities

The board discussed increasing attendance and membership through a variety of avenues: Newsletter handouts, Earth Day event, more signage, library fundraiser and trivia night, better communications and partnering with other organizations. Board members present also requested that there be better attendance at board meetings and general membership meetings.

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