Bricks & Barley gets zoning OK for outdoor events in Shelton

Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton has received permission for three outside events this summer, to be held on an abutting piece of land.

The Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) approved the three events — all to take place on Friday or Saturday nights — during its June 9 meeting.

The bar and restaurant at 441 Howe Ave. plans to hold a one-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 27; a pig roast on Saturday, July 25; and another event on Friday, Aug. 14.

The establishment also has to secure permission from other entities for the outdoor events, including the Shelton Fire Marshal’s Office and the state Liquor Commission.

Live music outdoors

Bricks & Barley plans to offer live music outdoors at the events. The outdoor music must end at 11 p.m., according to the P&Z approval.

The outdoor area will be enclosed with temporary and permanent barriers, such as fencing, with access for patrons being from inside Bricks & Barley.

The outdoor property is between Bricks & Barley and Bridge Street, backing up to the Polish Club building. Many longtime Shelton residents refer to this site as Kyle’s Corner.

Property is next door

This small, vacant lot next door is owned by Angela Melisi, who has plans to eventually build a combined retail/apartment building on the property.

Melisi recently began site work on the property, creating a flat surface that could be used for special events and that also aid in his future development plans.

“Everything is dug out,” Chris Jones, a Bricks & Barley co-owner, told the P&Z. Jones said the bowl-like area created would be good for the outdoor events.

Jones said road millings or chip-seal gravel may be put down on the dirt to create a surface for the events. Wood chips should not be used due to the fire danger from smoking, P&Z members told him.

Had received permission before, too

Bricks & Barley had secured zoning permission for three similar outdoor events last fall, but they never took place, mainly because the lot next door had not been re-graded at that time.

Jones told the P&Z he has worked with closely with neighbors on controlling noise from bar activities late at night, and will do so again for the outdoor events.

Bricks & Barley has a small outdoor patio that borders Howe Avenue. It occupies the space that previously housed Downtown Danny O’s.