Saturday, March 12, 2011

Willow Glen Lou's Village in the news

From the San Jose Mercury News:

The owners of the new Lou's Village under construction at the Town Square development at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street will be allowed to stay open until 1:30 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays as well as on New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day.

The decision came at the March 9 planning director's hearing with fewer than a dozen people there to speak or listen to the discussion.

This was a marked contrast to the more than 150 people who showed up at the Jan. 31 community meeting to discuss the restaurant owners' request for a permit to stay open until 2 a.m.

In the interim between the community meeting and the planning hearing, planning staff worked with restaurant owners Tim and Tom Muller and community representatives on a compromise to limit late closures to three nights a week and certain holidays. They also moved the closing time forward from the requested 2 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Joseph Horwedel, San Jose planning director, signed the permit on March 11.

His decision can be appealed if filed within 10 days by a resident living within 1,000 feet of the development.

Lou's Village is expected to open in 2012.

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