New Coffeeshop/Bar for the Central West End?
|If the board of adjustment says yes, this corner could become a bar, restaurant and bustling patio.|
The space in question is the ground floor of an eight-story condo building at Maryland and Taylor. The city's building commissioner turned down the applicant's request for a building permit to renovate the space to allow a restaurant and bar, city records show. The area is zoned for single-family homes.
The applicant, who is now appealing to the board, is Darmin Beganovic, according to city records. He's the owner of Caffe Milano (5045 Gravois Avenue; 314-832-1337) a Bosnian coffee shop in Bevo Mill.
|Caffe Milano, Beganovic's other spot, is in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.|
Out of respect for the block's residential character, Beganovic has indicated that he wouldn't open the place 'til 9 a.m. daily and intends to play "soft Italian music" on site.
The board is also expected to consider an application for a new restaurant, Soul-N-Bowl, at 5535 Delmar. That's a spot between Union and Skinker, in a still-gentrifying area east of the Delmar Loop. The owner is asking for an occupancy permit for a sit-down restaurant that would also handle carry-out orders; there would be no liquor on site and no outdoor seating.
The meeting begins today at 1:30 p.m.; we'll let you know the scoop as soon as we get it.