Gastro 49 Pub &
Eatery is the latest restaurant in Chesterton to seek a three-way alcohol
license under the “riverfront district” designation approved by the Town
Council in 2009.
And council members
would be glad to see Gastro 49 receive that alcohol license. At their
meeting Monday night, they voted unanimously to recommend the issuance of
“The food is good,”
noted Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th. “A very nice atmosphere. I’ve seen some
of the entertainment. It was well received, the audience was calm, and the
place was packed.”
Gastro 49, formerly
Uncle Joe’s, formerly the Coach Lite, is located at 361 N. Calumet Road.
district--which allows a municipality to circumvent population quotas on
alcohol licenses--extends by ordinance 3,000 feet from either bank of Coffee
Creek as it winds south to north through the Downtown. Very roughly, those
limits describe a district bounded--west of Coffee Creek--by the CSX tracks
to the north, East Porter Ave. to the south, and as far west as Eighth
Street; and--east of Coffee Creek--by the Norfolk Southern tracks to the
south, the east arm of the Little Calumet River to the north, and as far
east as Roberts Road.
Four other eateries
have secured alcohol licenses under the aegis of the riverfront district
designation: Ivy’s Bohemia House at 321 Broadway; the Lemon Tree at 356
Indian Boundary Road; Villanova Pizzeria & Bistro at 213 Broadway; and the
Octave Grill at 137 S. Calumet Road.
In other business,
members voted 4-0 to take under advisement four quotes received for a
proposed upgrade of the Chesterton Fire Department’s HVAC system.
Kittredge, whose firm, Buck’s Heating & Air, submitted a quote, recused
himself from voting.
* $33,745.67, from
Reling Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration of Chesterton.
* $38,456, from
Bloomfield Mechanical Corporation of Portage.
* $42,995, from
Buck’s Heating & Air of Chesterton.
* $50,578 from R &
P Restaurant Services of Valparaiso.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann noted that Kittredge has filed all necessary conflict of interest
forms and that his firm’s quote was submitted following proper procedures.
Winter, Just Around
Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported that the price of road salt has
dropped somewhat, after going through the roof following the Forever Winter
Last winter salt
cost $73.32 per ton. This year, $65.92 per ton, about a 10-percent decrease.
At the rate the town purchases road salt, the Street Department should save
$10,000 to $14,000 this season.
Not as much as
Schnadenberg had hoped. But, as he observed, “any savings is good news.”
New Chairs Sought
in Meeting Room
in the place of Town Manager Bernie Doyle, who was absent--also forwarded
Doyle’s request to the council for an expenditure of roughly $1,500 to
$2,000, for the purchase of new chairs in the town hall’s meeting room.
Those chairs, in
Doyle’s estimate, are beginning to look pretty long in the tooth.
Members, for their
part, did a quick count and found that the 10 chairs tallied by Doyle are
only half of the chairs in the meeting room, the other 10 being comprised of
those used by the town’s various boards and by the Clerk-Treasurer, Town
Attorney, and Associate Town Attorney.
accordingly, directed Doyle to think in terms of 20 new chairs, not 10, but
to get a firm price and then report back.
Kudos from Ton
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to
congratulate--first--Frontline Foundations Inc. for another highly
successful edition of Hooked on Art; and--second--Schnadenberg and Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell for their rapid response to a pretty substantial sink
hole which developed early this month in the parking lot of Zale Eye Center,
711 S. Calumet Road.
State Park Not
in Town of Chesterton
wanted the record to show that--contrary to what Jim Hall stated in his
Voice of the People, that “Chesterton just lost a great opportunity to offer
both locals and tourists a fantastic dining experience,” by “Turning down a
liquor license” for the Pavilion project at Indiana Dunes State Park--the
State Park is not located in Chesterton.
Nor does the Town
of Chesterton have anything to do with the alcohol permitting process.
“We don’t have a
dog in that fight,” DeLaney said. “It wasn’t our vote. Just get it