Radio Bar owners planning Mid City beer garden that'll serve food, show sporting events _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.

The owners of the Radio Bar, a popular Mid City neighborhood cocktail lounge, have submitted plans for a beer garden that would be built at the intersection of Government Street and Steele Boulevard.

The beer garden would be built at 3808 Government St., said Kelli Paxton, manager of the Radio Bar, who would be co-owner and general manger of the new property. Plans are to have a climate-controlled area surrounding an open space that would be about 1,200 to 1,400 square feet — about the same size as the interior of the Radio Bar, Paxton said. The bar will be located on a 1.2-acre lot.

Brian Baiamonte and Dave Remmetter, who co-own the Radio Bar, will also own the new property.

The beer garden doesn’t have a name yet, but Paxton said calling it the Mid City Beer Gardens is one possibility. Unlike the Radio Bar, the beer garden will serve food and sporting events will be broadcast.

The city-parish Planning Commission is set to vote on the rezoning at its Sept. 21 meeting.

“It’s been a long road to get rezoned for alcohol sales,” Paxton said. “That’s the biggest obstacle to surmount.”

Radio Bar officials have been meeting with people in Capital Heights and Steele Place in order to rally support for the beer garden. That’s a tactic that Baiamonte and Remmetter used in 2010, when they successfully got a portion of Ogden Market Shopping Center rezoned for the Radio Bar. The two men got signatures from 120 Ogden Park residents who favored rezoning for the bar and were able to get planning commissioners to sign off on the change, despite objections from the Planning Department.

“So far, we’ve seen really positive support,” Paxton said. “People have been coming in the Radio Bar saying that they have gotten wind of this and wanting to know if they can sign anything.”

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