Developing Developments at the ERNC Landuse Committee
The February 20th meeting of the ERNC Landuse Committee discovered more new restaurants coming to Eagle Rock among the projects to consider this month.
First up was a short presentation by the Yosemite Drive “Rock Row” developers, of their plans to build a similar project at the corner of Ellenwood and Fairpark Avenue. They sold out their last proposed Eagle Rock project, where the “True Blood” bungalows once stood, after the ERNC landuse committee of that time gave a thumbs down. However, they’ve successfully completed another in Glassell Park in the interim.
Next was a visit by Eagle Rock Brewery (Glassell Park) seeking approval of their plans for their new location in Eagle Rock. The “Brew Pub” in the former Fatty’s/Stapp’s Auto building will need additional conditional use permits for the on-site brewing they intend to do there. However, phase I of the conversion only includes “cook-line” changes in the kitchen and cosmetic changes in the dining area, including adding a bench the length of one wall there.
The brewery would be considered a complete change of use but when it is attached to “bonified kitchen” it is considered an accessory use by the city and would be allowed. The hours initially would be closing at 9 p.m., which is the latest hours the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan allows.
On the agenda was Paul Rosenbluh to talk about his plans for Cindy’s Restaurant, but he could not make it, so that item was tabled until next month.
Next, however, was Jeffrey Miller of Rockin’ Wings, seeking ERNC approval of a conditional use permit for late night hours for his Chicken Wings centered restaurant at the former Julio’s Pizza location on Eagle Rock Boulevard near York. He stressed that it would be a “Family Restaurant” that would serve beer and wine, with big screen TV’s, a bar and a banquet room. The restaurant would seat a total of 199, and has 31 parking spaces, 11 more than required, they said.
Planned for the Rockin’ Wings is this bar that seats 19 people with big screen sports TVs.
This was the first restaurant venture for Mr. Miller. He said he went door to door within a 500 foot radius of the location. “We pretty much talked to everyone,” he said. “And everyone was in favor of it.”
However, neighbor Alicia Ibarra showed up to voice her concerns about parking overflowing onto her residential street, as well as the possibility of excessive noise due to the requested live entertainment. Two letters were received by the Landuse Committee opposing the project, on the grounds that they would be serving alcohol.
The biggest concerns were regarding the proposed hours, which were to be 11am to 1am on Friday and Saturday nights and until 12 midnight Sunday through Thursday. One member of the committee, Laurel Moglen, said that although Miller kept saying “Family” restaurant, the alcohol, bar, live entertainment and late hours suggested it would be an “adult” destination.
As the committee got down to the work of making a motion, they crafted one to approve the plans with the condition that on site security be required from 8 pm until closing on Thurday through Saturday nights, as well as a condition that “no sound shall escape” to mitigate the live entertainment. A suggestion to have a professional sketch out aesthetic upgrades was left for the full board to work on at the full meeting of the ERNC on Tuesday, March 4th.
Leah Fierro shows the cheese and sandwich boards that the food will be served on at the Milkfarm L.A. Artisan Cheese Shop
Finally, Leah Fierro made an appearance to do a presentation on the “Artisan Cheese” business that she and her husband are opening on Colorado Boulevard. They are in phase III of construction (drywall) and the contractor will have the space ready by the middle of March or the beginning of April.
The storefront, which was previously the Urban Policy wing of Occidental College is right next door to the Stained Glass supplies store at 2106 Colorado Boulevard.
She said the store will be 50% restaurant and 50% retail, and was seeking the approval of the conditional use permit to serve and sell alcohol to go. They will have 300 to 400 cheeses which will be priced by the 1/2 pound.
Some of the sample menu items included:
$8 BMTC sandwich- always the same
$7-$12 Baguette/ torta/ ciabatta sandwich- meat option
$7- $9 Savory tart/ galette/ flatbread
8oz $4, 16oz $8 bulk salad
$2.50 bacon wrapped dates
$15 cheese plate- options to rotate, jams and mostardas made in house.
Customers will use the seating for the restaurant, and will be allowed to consume cheese and wine items they buy from the retail potion of the store there as well.
Also they announced that Michael Scott of Eagle Rock Backyard Farms will be providing backyard seasonal produce, honey, and pulling together several of his 14 clients chicken coops in ER to supply fresh backyard eggs, under the newly formed Eagle Rock Egg Co-op.
They had to purchased 3.30 parking credits from the Eagle Rock Parking credits program for the cost of $128. The only thing that was not complete was proof that all properties within 500 feet were notified of their plans. They were instructed by Landuse co-chair David Green to bring this proof to the full meeting of the ERNC for their final vote on March 4th.