By Matt Schepeler
The sound of music may soon be heard in Brooklyn on some evenings as the owners of Shady’s Tap Room plans on creating a beer garden in the back of their property.
Brooklyn council gave the go-ahead for the company to extend seating, service, and entertainment to an outdoor venue to be constructed at the rear of the property between the building and West Street.
But the go-ahead came with a stipulation. Business representative Pat Collins agreed that they would shut the music down at 9:30 p.m. rather than the 10 p.m. cut off point currently listed in village ordinances. In fact, it was Collins’ suggestion.
“The last thing I want to do is be a bad neighbor,” said Collins.
Since Shady’s has opened, he noted, there have been very few problems at the bar. “We pride ourselves on that,” said Collins.
He told the council that to keep noise from filtering throughout the village, the stage would face the building. He plans on erecting a large privacy fence to also help knock down the sound, as well as an awning.
“We fully intend to obey the ordinances, and to be respectful,” he said.
Village president J.B. DeJeu said that the establishment “has been an excellent addition to the village.
“We now see cars after 7 p.m. on the boulevard. You have proven yourself to be a good neighbor. You are conscientious. My concern is with the noise, but I think you have addressed that,” he said.
Collins said that they are currently only planning on having live music on Saturday nights, but could open the venue up for special occasions as well.
“Is there an opportunity for a party to happen that would require music at 1 p.m. on a Saturday? Absolutely. It would be a slip-shod business if I didn’t start listening to people who come to us and say ‘Hey, I have got 40 to 50 people that want to have a party and we don’t have a facility for it.’ That is the type of thing [it would be used for].”
It was noted that plenty of parking remains available.
Collins also suggested that the village contact Consumers Energy officials regarding the “slip-shod” way the electrical service appears to run along West Street, though DeJeu said that wasn’t necessarily the village’s responsibility.
The council unanimously approved the request to install the seasonal venue.
In other business, the council again discussed the village road situation, and some residents showed up for a public hearing regarding the proposed Corridor Improvement Authority. Details will be in next week’s Exponent.