I am writing to invite you to attend a community meeting to review a proposal for a new restaurant and barin the commercial space of the new building at 1412 W. Morse. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00 p.m., at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd Floor (at Ashland).
This proposal comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the spring opening of the Mayne Stageand Act One Cafe at the old Morse Theater.
The owner of the building at 1412 W. Morse, Alex Samrdzija, will be the proprietor of the proposed new business, which will be similar to Xippo, a restaurant and bar that Mr. Samrdzija owns in Lincoln Square at 3759 N Damen.
The property at 1412 W. Morse currently is zoned B3-3. A zoning change to C1-3 will be required because no tavern may exist within 400 feet of another tavern in a B zone. A special use permit is also required to allow for seven off-site parking spaces. If Mr. Samrdzija receives the requested zoning change and special use permit, he will then be eligible to apply for a tavern license.
I urge you to attend the meeting to provide your opinions of the proposal. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to reply to this e-mail with your thoughts and suggestions.