PITTSFIELD — Despite concerns from neighbors, a West Housatonic Street restaurant has been granted permission to host live outdoor music.
The city Licensing Board this week gave voted 4-0, with Thomas Campoli recusing himself, to grant the entertainment license to The Roasted Garlic — with conditions and the stipulation the board will review the situation at its July 25 meeting.
The license limits the music from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, acoustic only. It prohibits bands or disc jockeys.
"If it's too much, the neighbors have the right to come back to us," said board member Dana Doyle.
Several residents living near the restaurant encouraged the board to reject owners Mickey and Lynne Soldato's request, citing their experience six years ago involving the former Fresco's restaurant at the same location,
"They went off the deep end and did rock 'n' roll," said Dennis Lattizzori of Gale Avenue. "You could hear it two miles down the road."
The board viewed its decision as a compromise, believing the Soldatos deserve a chance to prove they can do right by their neighbors.
Board Chairman Carmen C. Massimiano praised the Soldatos as responsible business owners, who also operate Zucchini's on upper North Street and Mario's in New Lebanon, N.Y.
Mickey Soldato told the board the restaurant looks to enhance its dining experience with the live music and shouldn't be unfairly judge based on what happened with Fresco's.
However, he understands to the neighbors' concerns and doesn't want to upset them.
"If there is any complaints from the neighbors — I'll go on record — we'll stop it," he said.
Since The Roasted Garlic opened two years ago, Lattizzori said it has been a good neighbor and he's enjoyed eating there. He noted the issue is outside sound from the restaurant will easily carry through the neighborhood.
"Once you're outside, you're going to hear it," he said. "There's no wiggle room for this."
Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.