Zoning & City Planning: City approves “Winehouse”
August 29, 2004 by Irene
Following approval by the Norfolk Planning Commission in July 2004, the Norfolk City Council o n Aug. 17, 2004, adopted an ordinance that authorizes a change from an existing nonconforming use (office) to a new nonconforming use (establishment for the sale of alcoholic beverages for o n-premises consumption) at 626 W. Olney Road, across from EVMS.
Applicant Brad Smith intends to open a “Winehouse” tapas bar at this site that will be open between 4 p.m. and midnight. He still has to obtain a liquor license from the ABC board in Richmond.
Smith first presented his proposal to the Ghent Neighborhood League in May 2004 and was asked by the league’s board to seek comments on his plan from neighbors of the proposed restaurant’s site.
In June, Smith told the board that the neighbors’ response had been positive. In an update to his May presentation, he also said that the restaurant will have o nly 12 parking spaces — the initial estimate was for 15 spaces — which meant a reduction in restaurant seats from up to 56 to now 40.
The league’s board did not take a vote o n the application, believing that the neighbors’ responses required more detailed information. It therefore asked Smith to, again, contact the neighbors of his proposed restaurant and to present his findings at the league’s next monthly meeting.
Since Smith did not attend the July meeting, the league’s board informed the planning commission of its review of the application and the fact that Smith had not come back before the board.