Michael Fradelizio, owner of The Silverado Brewing Company approached the Commission to voice his opposition to approving this proposed project.
noted that it is his
opinion, as well as numerous other restaurant and business owners in St. Helena
, that this project is not a good idea based on a variety of reasons, including: another restaurant in an already restaurant-dense Main Street; proposed change in water use from very low to very high, noting that it takes a lot of water to make beer and wondered if the city could afford to permit that much water use; and competition to the other local eateries.
also noted the proximity of the location to residential areas.
further noted that the city has already lost one restaurant, the Martini House, to the economic downturn, and stated that AKA A Bistro is set to close soon.
doesn't think permitting another restaurant in this climate is wise, wondering how long it will be able to remain in business while the economy is poor.
suggested that the Commission continue consideration of this project until all five members could vote.
Commissioner Pitts appreciates the comments regarding water use.
also stated that in light of efforts to be environmentally responsible, he
would like to see implementation of bike racks a part of the project to encourage other means of travel than cars.
Commissioner Heil communicated his
belief that a mixed use is a good thing, noting that the uses are split nicely in the proposed layout; the restaurant portion would be facing Main Street, where pedestrian traffic takes place; and the office area is a buffer between the residential area and restaurant by being located in the rear of the building.
also stated that there are hardly any restaurants in St. Helena
that offer breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner.
feels that a place that will offer breakfast is certainly a welcome addition.
Regarding the Martini House, he
felt that because it is no longer in use, the City
would not really be losing water by permitting this restaurant/pub to be established.
It is more a transfer of water use than an additional water use.
feels that if the time comes that somebody wishes to propose using the Martini house for a restaurant again, the Commission can consider water use at that time.