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SpecialA rendering from owner Sean Daily shows a new restaurant, with a walk-up window, going into the facility formerly occupied by PLAE.

WOODSTOCK — The space that was vacated by PLAE HARD in downtown Woodstock will be occupied by a new restaurant with the same owner as Rootstock and Vine.

The new restaurant, a sports bar concept to open at 8594 Main St., includes plans for a walk-up window where customers can order drinks from the sidewalk. Plans show the new business being two stories and having a modern exterior, with wood reclaimed from the historic building used as a knee wall.

Thursday, the Woodstock Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval for variances associated with the site plan, including the serving window and accommodating the existing architecture.

One variance request is a reduction in required parking. Staff recommended allowing a shared parking agreement with 26 spaces, including four in front counting toward that number, or the owner will have to pay an in-lieu fee for 26 spaces. The amount to charge for the fee was left open for the city council to decide.

The owner, Sean Daily, said he wants to keep as much of the site’s character as possible.

“It’s not going to be a typical sports bar,” Daily said to commissioners. “It’s going to be lighter, a lot more inviting and a lot more family-friendly.”

If the commission’s recommendations are adopted by council, the restaurant will have to maintain a six foot sidewalk clearance, installing temporary markers when the window is open. Another condition requires the new restaurant to install a dumpster in a city-approved location before it can be issued a certificate of occupancy.

The recommendation and conditions will be reviewed by the city council at their July 22 meeting. Regular mayor and council meetings are 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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