District Donuts proposal to sell draft beers deferred by City Planning
The City Planning Commission unanimously agreed on Tuesday (June 13) to defer discussing the possibility of Lakeview’s District Donuts location selling alcoholic beverages.
District Donuts, located on 527 Harrison Avenue, submitted a request to City Planning for a conditional use permit to sell alcoholic beverages as a specialty restaurant. Owner Stephen Cali said that he wants to sell two beer drafts from local breweries at the Lakeview location, like the Baton Rouge District Donuts does.
“We desire to be a good neighbor and work with the Lakeview community that we love,” Cali said.
The City Planning staff agreed to defer this zoning docket item because the five speakers signed up to speak—one proponent and four in opposition—also agreed to a deferral, based on the staff’s original recommendation in their report. Several neighbors in the community wrote to City Planning that opposed the conditional use permit.
On May 31, a neighbor submitted an appeal of New Orleans Zoning Administrator Edward Horan’s declaration that a specialty restaurant like District Donuts could apply for selling alcohol even within the area of “Middle Harrison Avenue,” where several use restrictions are prohibited.
“Ed Horan issued a statement, and Ed Horan’s statement has been questioned by a neighbor,” Cali said.
Because the neighbor’s appeal will be heard at the July 10 Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting, City Planning decided it would be best to take action on the conditional use request after the appeals process is completed.