Make us your home page
Instagram

The Lime restaurant seeks later hours

SOHO — The Lime restaurant, 915 S Howard Ave., will go before the City Council a second time on Thursday, seeking later business hours.

On July 29 the City Council approved on first reading the restaurant's petition to stay open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on other nights. A second reading will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall, 315 E Kennedy Blvd.

Some residents of the nearby Parkland Estates neighborhood say later hours could create noise and nuisances.

"With other late-night options in the neighborhood, this request to intensify the allowed use on this property does not constitute a need of public necessity," resident Bob Schmid wrote in an e-mail to council members.

Lime owners countered by saying that the restaurant has proven to be a good neighbor during its five years of existence given that there has never been a police call for service there except for burglaries after closing time.

"Not one, never, nothing," co-owner Jeff Gigante said of police reports or noise complaints. "We live in these neighborhoods, too."

Homeowners worry late-night problems could bring down property values.

Lime owners say their property values remain insulated because of businesses such as the Lime that make the neighborhood attractive.

Without later hours, Gigante said, the Lime might not stay economically viable during the recession.

"If another restaurant goes dark, who knows what goes here," Gigante said. "This place sat empty for four years before we took it."

In 2008, the City Council denied a similar petition from the Lime.

The Lime restaurant seeks later hours 08/19/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:32am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Irish 31 brings flair, flavor to Wiregrass

    Business

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery opened its fifth location at The Shops at Wiregrass earlier this month.

    hillsevbiz072117: Irish 31 has opened at the Shops at Wiregrass with a warm, wood decor. Photo courtesy of Irish 31.
  2. Family fun featured at Lutz-area ice cream shop

    Business

    LUTZ — For Joe Schembri, ice cream reminds him of fun times he spent with his family as a child.

    hillsevbiz072117: Joe Schembri has opened the Ice Dreamery in Lutz. Photo courtesy of Joe Schembri.
  3. Clean Eatz offers low-cal options in South Tampa

    Business

    Inside Clean Eatz, almost everything is under 500 calories.

    Clean Eatz will offer healthy dining options in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Clean Eatz.
  4. Salon brings a Parisian experience to Tampa

    Business

    A new salon in International Plaza, opened by French women Geraldine Jousseau and Estelle Mattingly, takes clients on a trip to Paris.

    Le Studio Paris offers a variety of salon services in International Plaza. Photo courtesy of Le Studio Paris.
  5. Ratings service Nielsen begins tracking live TV consumption on Hulu, YouTube

    Retail

    TV ratings service Nielsen will begin tracking how many people watch network TV on YouTube and Hulu to gauge how many viewers broadcast networks have through streaming, the company announced Tuesday.

    Nielsen, a ratings company, is monitoring how many viewers watch live TV on Hulu and YouTube to get a better sense of overall viewership. | [AP]