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 5:32am]

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