Less than two months after Mid-City neighbors gave blessing to an expansion of the Bayou Beer Garden called the Bayou Wine Garden, the New Orleans City Council has voted to approve the project with comments echoing their enthusiasm.
“I believe the new Bayou Wine Garden will be a benefit to both the neighborhood and the district,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell at the Thursday, Dec. 4, meeting of the City Council. “They are great neighbors and have created a well-liked establishment in this part of the city, and I do believe the Bayou Wine Garden will also be a success.”
The City Planning Commission staff had expressed some concerns last month about the project’s fit with the surrounding residential area and with the Master Plan, as well as with the zoning district around the Lafitte Greenway. Commissioners, however, voted in favor of the plans, noting its support from the neighborhood.
Cantrell, who represents the area, also noted the support of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, and said the zoning of the area remains under discussion. She extended its allowed closing time — originally restricted by the Planning Commission staff to 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays — to 2 a.m. on weeknights, and 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Architect Samuel Bavido, the only speaker on the issue, thanked Cantrell for her support and predicted that the Bayou Wine Garden at 315 North Rendon will become a “destination” for those enjoying the Lafitte corridor.
“The owners really have proven themselves as good neighbors with their operation of the Beer Garden,” Bavido said.
Following Cantrell’s recommendation, the City Council voted 6-0 in favor.
“If you really know the fabric of this neighborhood and this particular area, it is a great fit,” Cantrell said. “We continue to see redevelopment in a positive way.”