Redcoats British Pub and Restaurant is adding its name to the list of a growing number of downtown businesses looking to spice up nightlife along the Main Street corridor.
The eatery, which currently offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights, will ask the Planning Commission to allow them to extend indoor DJ music and dancing to Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The entertainment during the work week would have earlier hours than the weekend, according to a staff report. Redcoats, located at 336 St. Mary St., is allow to start the music at 9:45 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Redcoats owner Mari Kennard is requesting that music and dancing be allowed from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The request has gotten some feedback from the public. Dr. Howard Long, who lives and works across the street, said the restaurant has been a good neighbor and he supports the proposal.
However, others who contacted the city are not pleased. Bill Apperson, who lives on St. Mary, said intoxicated people are littering and relieving themselves on his property. Most affected by the extended hours are Gene and Genie Finch, who live just 30 feet from Redcoats, according to the city staff report. The Finches said they are against the proposal, adding that they currently have to keep their windows closed due to the noise and cigarette smoke emanating from the restaurant. They've requested that the extended hours for Wednesdays and Thursdays be limited to 10 p.m.
But city planners are on board with Redcoats' proposal as requested, saying that the music is appropriate in the mixed use zoning district downtown. As part of the original conditions of approval for entertainment, Redcoats is required to monitor both inside and outside the business and Kennard has hired security to help enforce that.
Kennard's request follows one made by Barone's Restaurant, located on St. John St., that drew negative reactions from residents who live nearby the upscale eatery. In September, the City Council voted 3-2 to accept the unanimous decision of the Planning Commission allowing Barone's to open earlier, stay open later and offer outdoor music from as many as three stages six days a week.
City staff will recommend the commission approve Redcoats' request 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.