501 N. Genois St.

Plans for a new beer garden to be built on an undeveloped site along the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City were approved Tuesday by New Orleans city planners.

Rendering courtesy: Robert Becker with Digital Frontier for 501 N. Genois LLC

Plans for an outdoor bar to be built on an undeveloped site along the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City were approved Tuesday by New Orleans city planners.

The project is among the first retail efforts planned along the $9 million greenway, which opened in late 2015 and stretches from the edge of the French Quarter to Bayou St. John.

Local businessmen Herbert Dyer, Billy Good and Rusty Smith — who are partners in the dog daycare business Camp Bow Wow in Mid-City — are behind the new effort. It would be built near Bayou Bicycles.

Dyer and Smith also have ownership ties to the Velvet Cactus in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and the Bulldog bar and grill locations, which include New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

The applicant, listed as 501 N. Genois LLC, needs a conditional-use permit for the bar.

Plans call for an elevated, one-story building with a mezzanine, nine parking spaces, more than 60 bicycle parking spots, an off-street loading space, a dumpster pad and three 230-square-foot covered outdoor seating areas.

Businessman and potential mayoral hopeful Sidney Torres IV owns the site, part of roughly five acres he owns fronting Bayou St. John and the nearly three-mile bike path and pedestrian park

The proposed bar is one of the first retail businesses proposed along the greenway, which has long been expected to spur additional development in the surrounding area. A 382-unit apartment complex is being developed nearby by Ohio-based Edwards Communities on land that formerly was owned by Torres.

"We're trying to just promote a walkable place where people can walk to it, jog to it, bicycle to this establishment," Good told the City Planning Commission.

No one spoke in opposition to the project, which passed 7-0.

The final decision will rest with the City Council. The site is in Councilwoman Susan Guidry's district. 

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