South side restaurant in city wants OK for entertainment

Posted: January 15, 2014

The Winchester Star

The Puerto La Union restaurant at 2832-2834 Valley Ave. in Winchester is in the strip mall anchored by Dollar General at the corner of Valley and York avenues. Its space is near the southern end of the mall. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — A city restaurant is seeking permission to become a party destination.

Puerto La Union restaurant at 2832-2834 Valley Ave. has requested a conditional-use permit (CUP) to be an entertainment establishment. The Winchester Planning Commission reviewed the request at its work session Tuesday and will hold a public hearing and likely vote on it at its Jan. 21 meeting.

The restaurant is in a strip mall anchored by Dollar General at the corner of Valley and York avenues. Its space is near the southern end of the center.

Because properties within 200 feet of the restaurant or its parking lot are zoned for residential use, the CUP is required because of a change approved by City Council in October. Ten properties zoned for medium-density residential use are located within 200 feet of Puerto La Union.

Owner Feliciano Romero’s request indicates that the permit is desired so birthday and baptism parties, wedding receptions, company gatherings and family reunions can be held at the restaurant. It states that the events would be held Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Aaron Grisdale, the city’s zoning and inspections director, told the commissioners that bands or disc jockeys would be brought in to provide the entertainment.

The Sunday night cutoff time, however, was beyond the 11 o’clock standard the ordinance established as a guideline. Grisdale said a later time could be approved as part of the permit but he advised against it.

The commissioners generally agreed that 11 p.m. was a more appropriate time. Romano said most of the events booked at the restaurant are held on Friday or Saturday, so he could work with the earlier cutoff time.

Attending the meeting at Rouss City Hall were Chairman William Wiley, Vice-Chairman Stephen Slaughter Jr. and commissioners Kevin McKannan and Martha Shickle. Commissioner David Smith was late. Commissioner Jennifer Beatley was absent.

— Contact Vic Bradshaw atvbradshaw@winchesterstar.com