Within two months, a sustainable butcher market and restaurant could be on its way to Beverly Road in Mt. Lebanon.
The new venture, to be called "Block 292," is being spearheaded by former Eat'n Park executive Brooks Broadhurst, a Mt. Lebanon resident who received the go-ahead from commissioners Tuesday night for a liquor license.
The business, which will include seating for 50 along with an adjoining butcher and produce market, will serve meat sourced from local farms, such as Jamison Farms of Latrobe, a purveyor of hormone- and antibiotic-free lamb.
To be located at the site of the now-closed Beverly Service auto service station, Block 292 will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will employ about 30 full- and part-time staff.
While the restaurant will serve alcohol, lawyer Mark Kozar said it wouldn't be the focus of the eatery.
"Alcohol will be served as a complement to the food, not as an attraction," he said. "It isn't a sports bar. It's about the food."
Two neighbors said they were concerned about limited parking in the area.
"I just don't know what we're getting into," said resident Barbara Sollenberger, who said she's called officials seven times because of drivers parking across her driveway. "The liquor license would be an additional draw."
Commissioner John Bendel said business owners previously have expressed concern about parking issues in the Beverly Road business district, and the commission is soon expected to explore possible solutions. In the meantime, Block 292 will have five dedicated spaces on the street.
Commissioner Dave Brumfield said he would have voted against the project, save for Mr. Broadhurst's local ties.
"I do think it’s something we have to be careful of," Mr. Brumfield said.
Mr. Broadhurst previously served as vice president of food and beverage for Eat'n Park, where his brother Jeff serves as CEO, as their father, Jim, did until 2008. Mr. Broadhurst continues to serve on the board of directors at Eat'n Park and said he hopes to open the new restaurant by May.
"I think the fact that it's a local owner who is invested will enhance that location," Mr. Bendel said.
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