A third restaurant in Chesterton will now be serving beer and wine under the
aegis of the “riverfront area” designation approved by the Town Council in
At the council’s meeting Monday night, Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported
that the Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill at 356 Indian Boundary Road has
received its license.
It joins the Octave Grill at 137 S. Calumet Road and Villanova Pizzeria &
Bistro at 213 Broadway.
The riverfront area--which allows a municipality to circumvent population
quotas on alcohol licenses--extends 3,000 feet from either bank of Coffee
Creek as it winds its way 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, 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.
Alcohol licenses granted under the riverfront designation are made available
only to restaurants and only in the Downtown.
In other business, members voted 4-0 formally to reject the petition of
Thomas and Jane Biedron for the vacation of a stormwater utility easement on
their property at 1540 Bunker Drive. Member Nick Walding, R-3rd, was not in
In fact the petition was, for all practical purposes moot, and the council
gave the Biedrons the choice of withdrawing it, but Jane Biedron asked
members to reject it instead.
At issue: Thomas Biedron, confined to a wheelchair, wants to install an
aqua-therapy pool in an addition to his home and had planned to put that
addition on the side of the residence, within two feet of the property line
and on top of the utility easement. Staff, however, warned that encroachment
on the six-foot drainage easement would have impacted the neighboring
In what Jane Biedron termed a “compromise,” the addition will instead be put
on the back of the residence, which practically speaking rendered the
vacation petition moot.
Meanwhile, at a special meeting on July 3, the Board of Zoning Appeals
granted the Biedrons a rear-yard setback variance, which will allow them to
build the 20’ x 12’ addition.
Jeff Trout, R-2nd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to make note of
the groundbreaking scheduled for 12 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at which Urschel
Laboratories Inc. will formally begin work on its new manufacturing and
corporate headquarters at Coffee Creek Center, ending the company’s
long-time association with the City of Valparaiso.
“It will be a turning point in the history of Chesterton,” Trout predicted.