Glenwood South bar owner blasts city staff for delays in beer garden project

Posted by Colin Campbell on April 7, 2014 

Raleigh bar owner Niall Hanley had strong words for city planners for delaying his plans for a new beer garden on Glenwood South, according to a recent email copied to the Raleigh City Council.

Hanley, who owns multiple Hibernian Pub locations and Solas on Glenwood South, isn’t happy with a city code interpretation that would require handicapped parking spaces on the new bar’s site. City planners told Hanley that because he’s renovating an existing building, city rules require a set amount of parking.

Hanley has several options for getting approvals for a site plan without the parking, but those efforts could take months.

“This is why this (expletive) is so annoying Dave,” Hanley wrote to Downtown Raleigh Alliance head David Diaz, copied to council members. “All so they can say it’s fine at the hearing and delay project three months.

“So I’m opening in the middle of winter .. It’s (expletive).”

In an attached email, Hanley’s attorney, Isabel Mattox, said she also disagreed with the decision but said an appeal could cost the bar owner thousands.

“Although I would dearly love to appeal this matter and bust the staff in the chops for what I believe to be an improper decision, I think the quickest, cheapest, most likely successful option is to seek a variance,” she wrote.

The beer garden will be located next to Harry’s Guitar Shop.

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