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Noise complaints don’t block sidewalk cafe

Evanston aldermen Monday renewed the sidewalk cafe license for the restaurant Las Palmas, but encouraged relocating the outdoor dining space for next year.

An aerial photo showing the downtown block with Las Palmas at 817 University Place.

Evanston aldermen Monday renewed the sidewalk cafe license for the restaurant Las Palmas, but encouraged relocating the outdoor dining space for next year.

An aerial photo showing the downtown block with Las Palmas at 817 University Place.

In response to complaints from neighbors living in the co-op apartment building just east of the restaurant at 1860 Sherman Ave., the aldermen urged the restaurant’s owner to try to work out an arrangement to use the lot at the First Bank & Trust branch at 824 Emerson St., just west of the restaurant at 817 University Place, for restaurant parking next year.

That would permit moving the outdoor dining to the current parking lot — a move the owner had rejected for this year, saying losing some of his 11 parking spaces would result in too much lost business.

Although four residents of the apartment building spoke against the sidewalk cafe, several restaurant patrons who live farther away urged aldermen to renew the permit.

In other dining decisions, the City Council Monday:

  • Approved a sidewalk cafe license for the new Donatella Mediterranean Bistro, scheduled to open May 21at 1512 Sherman Ave.
  • Approved a special use permit for Wings Over Evanston a planned carry-out restaurant at 1115 Emerson St. which the owner decided to rename from "Wings Over Chicago" after hearing some complaints about the name.
  • Approved a Class C liquor license for Little Wok at 2426 Main St.
  • Decreased the number of liquor licenses in town by two as a result of the recent closings of the 1800 Club, 1800 Sherman Ave., and Va Pensiero, 1566 Oak Ave.

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