Beer seller could be coming to Mt. Lebanon

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The seller of a wide variety of beers could be coming to Mt. Lebanon.

Municipal commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday for the transfer of a liquor license to H&R Brothers 3 LLC, which intends to open a restaurant called Pitt's Dogg'n It that sells beer to go. The store would be at 1695 McFarland Road, the former site of a video store

The company operates two other locations with the same name, in Oakland and Shadyside, and one is in the works for Squirrel Hill.

Attorney Louis Caputo, representing Pitt's Dogg'n It owner Rahul Chovatia, said plans call for the restaurant to serve specialty hot dogs while offering a selection of more than 700 beers in its 5,000-square-foot location. It would be open from noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week, employ three full-time people and provide indoor seating for 35 customers.

"It's more of a six-pack-shop type of atmosphere," Mr. Caputo explained. "It's more enticing for people to come in and purchase multiple kinds."

He said all employees are 21 and older at the existing locations, and they have certification in the Responsible Alcohol Management Program from the state Liquor Control Board to help identify minors and intoxicated patrons.

Commissioner John Bendel expressed concern about parking and the impact of traffic on the adjoining neighborhood.

Mr. Caputo said those considerations can be addressed as plans move through the stages of municipal approval.

Commissioners plan to vote on a resolution to approve the liquor license transfer at their June 24 meeting.

In other business Monday:

• Commissioners heard a presentation about the potential for a "pay as you throw" trash disposal program.

Steve Lisauskas, vice president of municipal partnerships for Waste Zero, a waste reduction consultant, said Mt. Lebanon could save an estimated $269,000 annually by implementing a system in which residents who produce more solid waste would pay more for getting rid of it.

"Taxes spent to dispose of trash could be better used to fund other public investments or to lower taxes," said Mr. Lisauskas, whose company partners with more than 800 municipalities to support their solid waste programs.

He said those that have implemented "pay as you throw" typically see a dramatic decrease in the amount of solid waste because residents have an incentive not to generate as much. In Worcester, Mass., for example, an average of fewer than 400 pounds per person is generated each year, compared with the national average of 900 pounds.

"That huge drop produces financial savings," Mr. Lisauskas said, as municipalities end up paying less for collection services.

Andrew Baram, chairman of the Mt. Lebanon Environmental Sustainability Board subcommittee investigating "pay as you throw," told commissioners that the concept encourages more recycling and could enhance the municipality's reputation for promoting sustainability projects.

• Commissioners approved a conditional use request and land development plan allowing for construction of a remote drive-thru facility for PNC Bank at Virginia Manor Shops on Cochran Road. The 600-square-foot structure will have an automated teller machine and additional drive-thru lanes for two bank tellers.


Harry Funk, freelance writer:


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