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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:26

Port council approves permit that will allow brewery, restaurant to operate beer garden near lakefront

    Inventors Brewpub, which will operate the bar and restaurant at the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post Hall in Port Washington beginning next month, received a conditional use permit from the Common Council last week that will allow it to create a beer garden in front of the building.
    Brewpub owner Adam Draeger said the beer garden will complement the hall, which he described as “a really great historic building.”
    He said he plans to plant hops along one wall of the building, install picnic tables and a rope-like fence along the east and north sides and a planting bed at the base of the hillside in front of the hall.
    Draeger said he plans to have the beer garden open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with an 11 p.m. closing on weekends.
    Depending on how things go this year, Draeger added, he could open it daily next summer.  
    “This is just a regular restaurant and bar right now,” he said. But once he gets his brewing license in seven to eight months, he will convert the facility to a brewpub.
    Draeger said he plans to open a one-barrel operation initially and work his way up to a seven-barrel operation.
    Several residents of the Lighthouse Condominiums at 415 N. Lake St., next door to the Legion Hall, questioned aspects of the conditional use permit.
    Greg Loebbaka questioned whether there would be outdoor entertainment, saying he wanted to be sure neighbors would not be “hearing loud music at 2 a.m.”
    City Administrator Mark Grams said Draeger had not applied for a cabaret license, which is needed before live entertainment can be featured.
    Draeger noted he will have a jukebox inside the hall, adding that since closing will be 11 p.m. on weekends “there’s no fear of a 2 a.m. raucous party going on.”
    Karen Oleski said she is concerned about traffic, especially with children running across Lake Street from Veterans Park to the beer garden, where their parents may be enjoying a brew.
    “It’s pretty difficult at times now to see cars coming down from Upper Lake Park,” she said, adding the city may need to consider traffic control measures, such as reducing the speed limit or signs, when the beer garden is operating.
    City Attorney Eric Eberhardt suggested that the city require a fence around the entire beer garden, but Grams disagreed, saying the terrain and landscaping bed at the foot of the hill provide enough separation to prevent people from coming and going with alcohol or handing drinks off to underage people.
    The council also agreed Tuesday to a licensing agreement that will allow the pub to install a sign on a small grassy city-owned parcel next to the Legion hall.
    The sign is a silo that stands 12 feet tall and is 5-1/2-feet in diameter.
    “It’s a real silo,” Draeger said. “I’m just treating it as a sign.”Ozaukee Press Logo RED