The Council approved a request for a conditional use to permit a restaurant to be affiliated with Bayou Beer and Wine Garden. The building is in an HU-B1A Historic Urban Neighborhood Business District and an HU-B1A Use Restriction Overlay District located at 3301 Bienville Street at the corner of Bienville Street and N. Rendon Street in Mid-City. The City Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposal as it is consistent with the Master Plan, the Plan for the 21st Century.
While the site has historically been used for both residential and commercial purposes, the existing two-story wood structure that has been vacant for several years. The applicant and property owner, Bayou Partnership, LLC, is proposing to continue these combined uses of the property by opening a butcher shop that would also operate as a restaurant (Bayou Meat Market) offering sandwiches and small plates on the menu. This use would be located on the first floor of the building in the front. The rear of the first floor and the second floor would be apartments.
"Make no mistake about it, commercial enforcement has to be a priority not just in this area, but city-wide," said District "B" Councilmember Cantrell. "A lot of work has gone into this, and we will continue to work to ensure enforcement and accountability across the board. If there are any issues, I encourage residents to please contact the Council offices, and we will make sure that your concerns are addressed and this becomes the great addition to the neighborhood that we intend it to be."
In addition to serving as a positive force for economic development in the area, this establishment will consequently make the surrounding neighborhood safer through the additional surveillance cameras that will be installed around the building.
"I just wanted to say thank you for investing in our city," said Councilmember-At-Large Williams. "You took something that people saw as an eyesore and saw it as an opportunity. From reaching out to the community on the front end and staying engaged with them throughout the process, you all are a beautiful example of the way these things should be done. Additionally, I commend you for endeavoring to be an entrepreneur in this city. We're going to have to focus, invest and encourage our small business to get where we need to be in order for large corporations like Amazon to notice us."