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Paddywagon Irish Pub seeks to open second Manatee County location in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- Owners of the franchised Paddywagon Irish Pub are seeking a second location in Bradenton inside the Cortez Village Square plaza at 6690 Cortez Road W.

The plaza is now home to Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Sage Biscuit, among other businesses.

The Bradenton City Council will hold a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to consider approval of the establishment selling alcohol on premises but it won't come without objection. At least one resident of Heritage Village West, a housing complex behind existing sound barriers such as a concrete wall and storage building north of the plaza, expressed fears the bar will bring excessive noise to the neighborhood.

Jane Frisco submitted a written complaint to the city objecting to the proposal. Heritage Village is a retirement community, Frisco wrote, and the name Paddywagon invokes

"images of just that, over-drinking and another place for crime. ... We would strongly oppose the opening of another lounge so close to the very popular and loud Clancy's" Irish Sports Pub, which is several blocks away at 6218 Cortez Road W.

City staff recommends approval of a license for alcohol sales saying the proposed Paddywagon location is "set back considerably from the residential area to the north and the mobile home park to the west."

Signs announcing Wednesday's public hearing are posted in the windows of the proposed location next door to Anna Maria Oyster Bar.

The establishment is acceptable for commercial/planned development along the suburban commercial corridor "and consistent with the city's Comprehensive Plan," according to staff reports.

The Bradenton Planning Commission approved the application Feb. 18.

Paddywagon's first opened in May 2013 at 4401 State Road 64 E. and was Manatee County's first location for Sarasota-based Linkster's Taproom, which franchises 18 Paddywagon Irish Pub locations. Linksters also operates other establishments such as Legends Sports Pub and Smokin' Joes in Sarasota.

Smoke Eater technology

Paddywagon typically offers 23 beers on tap with a seasonal rotation of craft beers and serves wine and liquor. It is expected to be a smoke friendly bar using Smoke Eater technology to filter out smoke and pump clean air back into the building.

Ed Smith owns the Braden River Plaza location and is named on the Cortez Road application. Smith first approached the city in January with a letter of interest where he states one simple purpose: "To provide our patrons with the best neighborhood bar experience humanly possible."

The proposed location will be 1,072 square feet with outdoor seating. Smith's letter to the city said he will not serve food because he wants the new location to complement surrounding eateries, not compete with them. The Herald was unable to reach Smith for comment and he did not return a request via email for an interview.

The proposed hours of operation are from noon-2 a.m. daily.

Mark Young, Herald urban affairs reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041 or follow him on Twitter @urbanmark2014.

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