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Bayou Bakery is moving in at the Hill Center

The opening of the long–awaited restaurant in the carriage house of the Hill Center has moved a bit closer. At its November meeting, ANC 6B voted 5-3 to approve a liquor license for Bayou Bakery.

Concerned with potential pollution, odor, noise, and rats from outdoor trash storage, a number of neighbors asked Bayou Bakery to withdraw its application and consider a compromise in the lead up to December’s meeting. They argued that without much trouble, Bayou Bakery could work a better venting system for its kitchen and sound-proof fencing for its HVACs into its settlement agreement. The neighbors also said the restaurant hadn’t exhausted its options for finding a way to store trash inside, which is the best guarantee for keeping rats away. 

A Bayou Bakery representative, however, said that the restaurant had met the bar for a liquor license and that remaining concerns were beyond ABC jurisdiction. Without a Bayou Bakery withdrawal, the commission had to vote one way or the other.

A majority of the commissioners agreed that the Hill Center would be a more vigilant landlord than most and that a restaurant there shouldn’t be scrutinized the same way as one on Barrack’s Row, where the rats are out of control. 6B chair Brian Flahaven also pointed out that with liquor licenses up for review citywide in 2016, Bayou Bakery would essentially have a two-year trial period that he felt it deserved.

Excerpted from the report on ANC 6B November meeting by Jonathan Neeley to be published in the December Hill Rag.

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