BRADENTON -- Officials approved two new businesses at Wednesday's Bradenton City Council meeting, including a second Manatee County location for Paddywagon Irish Pub.
Owner Ed Smith opened the first Manatee County Paddywagon in May 2013 in the Braden River Plaza and plans to open a second establishment by early summer in the Village Square Plaza, 6690 Cortez Road W., next door to Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
"I wanted it to be on Cortez Road, and we looked up and down for the perfect location," said Smith. "The demographics are perfect for that area, and it's a plaza that already has successful businesses, so we look forward to having a great relationship with them."
The approval followed discussion from council members and one objection from a nearby resident who previously filed a written objection about noise. No objections were raised at Wednesday's public hearing, however, and Mayor Wayne Poston said he personally spoke with several residents who had no objection.
Ward 1 Councilman Gene Gallo raised concerns about parking, noting "it's tough to find parking" between the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Sage Biscuit, a breakfast and lunch eatery,
Gallo said neighbors he talked with are concerned they will bear the brunt of overflow parking.
Ward 2 Councilman Gene Brown said he doesn't foresee a problem because the three businesses operate at different times.
Sage Biscuit closes after lunch and the Paddywagon won't open until noon. Anna Maria Oyster Bar closes at 9 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on weekends, while Paddywagon will be open until 2 a.m.
"I think it will work well," said Brown.
Smith said he is taking applications for bartenders for the new location at his current Braden River Plaza location at 4410 State Road 64 E.
The council also approved B's New Beginning Daycare at 5231 Fourth Ave. Circle E. The 6,480-square-foot building will serve an estimated 40 children ranging in age from infant to 5 years old.
In other matters, the council rescheduled a March 18 workshop regarding city community redevelopment agencies for 9 a.m. March 19.
Mark Young, Herald urban affairs reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041 or follow him on Twitter @urbanmark2014.