Parrot Island wants to offer music, dancing Fells Point neighbors hear restaurant's plans

June 06, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

The proprietors of Parrot Island, an open-air bar and restaurant on the edge of Fells Point, invited a group of nearby residents last night to see their proposal to begin having live music and dancing.

Owners Michael and Patrick O'Malley will apply in the coming weeks for conditional use to allow live entertainment at the establishment in the 700 block of S. Eden St., including a disc jockey or band, seven nights a week.

Although private parties would be allowed at all times, bands playing for the general public would be limited to four nights a week. Major events, featuring well-known bands that would attract more patrons, would be limited to six a year.

About a dozen residents dropped in last night to hear the plans.

The O'Malleys are hoping to head off any community opposition by offering a "good neighbor" policy they devised in consultation with the local homeowners group and nearby residents. Bands will stop playing by 11 p.m. when the next day is a work day and by 1 a.m. when the next day is a weekend day or holiday.

When a band plays after 9 p.m., Parrot Island will pay for two uniformed Baltimore police officers to patrol the surrounding neighborhood between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Michael O'Malley said he will provide additional parking to alleviate space problems in the neighborhood and promised to police the area for trash daily.

The residents gave the proposal a polite hearing, but several complained that noise already is a problem at Parrot Island. "It can get very loud," said Jennifer L. Murawski, who lives in a nearby apartment building. "I'm upstairs and I have to close the windows at night."

"I can tell you every song they play," said Donna Durel, a resident of Bond Street.

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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