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SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Following a hearing of comments from the public Wednesday night, both in support of and against allowing Phil’s Restaurant on Main Street to have live music on its newly constructed roof deck, the South Kingstown Zoning Board voted 4-1 to allow the restaurant to provide entertainment during a test period of one year, with conditions.
The stipulations are that outside entertainment may only occur between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., no more than four musicians or individuals may perform at one time and the speakers must be located in the southwest corner of the deck.
Wakefield Attorney Margaret Hogan, whose practice is located close to Phil’s on Main Street, was in support of the entertainment on Phil’s roof deck.
“This outside venue is just the kind of thing downtown Wakefield needs,” she said. She added that she would enjoy the opportunity to take her clients to such a place for lunch or dinner, instead of driving to Narragansett or the South County Commons.
Other neighbors were not so amenable to the idea.
At the hearing, an attorney was present representing Dennis Bell, who owns and lives in an apartment building adjacent to Phil’s. The attorney expressed Bell’s concerns regarding the potential noise and interruptions to his sleep and his tenants’ sleep.
Bell had also received a letter from one tenant expressing her concern over potential noise, saying that due to her work schedule, she goes to bed at 9 p.m.
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