Beer garden developers promise to contain noise at proposed Government Street establishment _lowres

Rendering provided by The Architectural Studio -- A rendering shows the proposed Mid City beer garden that would be built at the intersection of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. The owners of the popular neighborhood lounge The Radio Bar have proposed rezoning a site at 3808 Government St. for a largely open air space.

In a town hall meeting Monday, the owners of a proposed Mid City beer garden met with residents to discuss noise levels and other concerns surrounding the new concept.

“We have the same idea with this as the Radio Bar. If we’re not going to have neighborhood support, we’re not going to do it,” said Dave Remmetter, who co-owns the Radio Bar with Brian Baiamonte. The two men, along with Radio Bar manager Kelli Paxton would own the as-of-yet unnamed beer garden at the corner of Government Street and Steele Boulevard.

The city-parish planning commission is scheduled to vote on Sept. 21 on rezoning the property to allow for a beer garden.

While the details of the beer garden are still being developed, plans are to have a covered bar with an open-air area. Unlike the Radio Bar, the beer garden will serve food and there will be televisions so patrons can watch LSU and Saints games.

Based on questions and comments at the meeting, the overwhelming majority of the audience seemed to support the development.

Even so, the chief concern is possible noise pollution. However, the owners have a plan to keep most of the noise confined to the establishment.

Lance S. Malley, an architect with The Architectural Studio who is developing the beer garden, said there will be a buffer to keep sound from spilling out into the nearby neighborhood. The buffers will include the parking lot surrounding the beer garden, a wooden fence, vegetation, and a 12-foot masonry wall on one side of the establishment.

“The sound transferring out of the space will be minimal,” Malley said.