Bricks & Barley gets zoning OK for three outdoor events in downtown Shelton

Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton has received zoning permission to hold three outdoor events on an adjacent parcel this fall.

The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has unanimously approved allowing the new bar and restaurant to host the events on three Saturday nights — Sept. 27, and Oct. 11 and 25.

They will take place on the vacant lot and the side section of Bridge Street next to the establishment. This land — including the side street, which technically no longer is a public road —is owned by developer Angelo Melisi, who hopes to eventually build a residential and retail building on the site.

For now, some concrete barriers and fencing will be used to close off the side section of Bridge Street. Plantings, such as large flower pots, could also be used as barriers in the area.

Preparing the site

Chris Jones, one of the owners of Bricks & Barley (legally known as Bridge Street Partners LLC), said the establishment would work with Melisi to properly prepare the site.

This likely will involve some leveling off of the vacant lot and working with police officials to make sure the side section of Bridge Street is properly closed off from a public safety perspective.

It’s expected that a total of three or four barriers will be needed to block the side road from the Howe Avenue and West Canal Street sides. Jones said the “decorative road-blocking devices” would be painted.

Outdoor music until 10 p.m.

The three events will feature live music outdoors from 6-10 p.m. Outdoor activities can continue until the bar’s closing time at 2 a.m. on a Saturday night (technically, Sunday morning), but the music must stop at the earlier time.

Tables, chairs and possibly tents are expected to be placed outside for customers.

One of the events could have an Octoberfest theme while another might be a Halloween celebration, Jones told the P&Z.

When asked about parking, Jones said he plans to encourage patrons to use the large public parking lot near the Shelton Farmers Market, on the other side of Center Street, and then walk to Bricks & Barley. “It’s a big lot,” he said.

Positive comments

P&Z members have made positive comments about the outdoor events helping to enliven the central business district.

“You need these kind of events to bring people in,” said P&Z member Nancy Dickal, adding they might draw people from the newer residential developments on Canal Street (Birmingham condos and Avalon apartments).