You can wish Harry’s Fine Foods a very happy second birthday this week and congratulate the Bellevue Ave E eatery on its paperwork — its once threatened Chandelierium is going legit.
Back in January, CHS reported on the fight with the city over the
800 200 or so square feet of covered patio chef and owner Julian Hagood created on the backside of Harry’s. “We rapidly built this beautiful little patio covering to allow our guests to enjoy our patio year round however the city has determined it violates building and energy codes,” Hagood told CHS at the time.
Now, Hagood confirms that he has undertaken a full land use permitting process with architectural firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer to allow the structure to remain part of the bistro.
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It’s a serious investment of time, resources, and more than $4,000 in fees. It also will require the city to sign off on making an exception to its rules about property lines, requiring a variance to allow the current setback of the structure.
In applying for the land use variance, Hagood has told the city that his restaurant cannot survive without the extra seating. “Financially the applicant has found that, without increasing the amount of seating area, the restaurant cannot continue to operate,” the variance application reads.
A small wave of public comment provided to the city after the land use notice sign went up at Harry’s supports the variance request — and includes lots of nice things about Harry’s:
According to the city, the application is currently under review. Meanwhile, a different scale of being “saved” is playing out down the street with the proposal to landmark the Roy Vue Apartments.
While the paperwork is sorted and the meetings continue, Harry’s Fine Foods and the Chandelierium are open for business at Bellevue and Mercer.