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Bar seeks permit for outdoor area

Noise, other issues exist with beer garden, horseshoes

May 15, 2008

The Brown Deer Village Board likely will take action on Parkview Pub's request for a beer garden and horseshoe pits next week, provided several issues raised at a Plan Commission hearing can be resolved.

Horseshoe leagues have been a staple at the site, 7651 N. Teutonia Ave., for many years, both under current and previous ownership.

Brian and Jill Wargolet, owners of Parkview, first asked for a conditional-use permit to continue the leagues in 2006. Because a portion of the horseshoe pits extended onto a neighboring property, the permit was never granted. The horseshoe leagues have been operating without a permit the past two years.

The Wargolets have moved the pits entirely onto their property and propose fencing the area to the rear of their parking lot. The fenced site would contain both the horseshoe pits and beer garden.

Two neighbors who spoke at a May 12 public hearing asked about the closing hours for the outdoor area.

"One of the complaints I have is that when people drink, they get loud," Paula Gibson said.

She said she did not object to the use but said noise and what she called "colorful language" sometimes intrudes on family events in her yard.

Brian Wargolet said the pub would stop serving alcohol outside at 9:30 p.m. and would shut down the area at 10 p.m.

The commission shared residents concerns about noise and had additional issues as well.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel noted the permit would allow 150 people to attend an event in the beer garden.

"I think that would have a severe impact on neighbors and surrounding property owners," he said.

Planning and Zoning Specialist Nate Piotrowski agreed the parking lot would not hold cars for that number but noted that on-street parking would be available.

The Wargolets said they have a private agreement with Sterling True Value Hardware next door. Excess cars could use that lot, Brian Wargolet said.

A gate would open from the beer garden area to the Sterling lot, according to the site plan.

"Some people have requested wedding types of things once the beer garden renovations are done," he said.

The Police Department is recommending an identification reader and the commission had questions about where it would be located, and if wristbands would be given patrons who are of legal drinking age.

Trustee Tim Schilz asked for someone from the Police Department to attend the upcoming board meeting to discuss the history of the site and the scanner.

Village staff also is expected to provide a recommendation on site capacity, music amplification, the gate to Sterling and the requirements for a special tavern permit that would be required for special events.

Mary Buckley can be reached at (262) 446-6615.

NEXT STEP

WHAT: Village Board consideration of a conditional-use permit for beer garden and horseshoe pits

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, May 19

WHERE: Village Hall, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive

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