Wine Bar Still Seeking to Open on Pearl Road
Blue Banyon goes before city zoning board
An upscale wine bar is pursuing plans to open on Pearl Road.
Blue Banyon Inc. is slated to go before the city's Board of Zoning Appeals tonight to ask for a parking variance.
The company says it can provide 62 parking spaces, which is 18 less than the city's code requires.
The wine bar would open at 16888 Pearl Rd., next to A Taste of Excellence.
The company sought a liquor permit in March, but City Council filed an objection, saying it was too early. Plans for the restaurant had not yet been submitted to Strongsville's Building Department.
Bill Rini, who owns both the Taste of Excellence catering company and the multi-tenant Pearl Road building, said he hopes to lease about 3,000 square feet to Blue Banyon for a combination restaurant-wine bar.
Rini said it would be "a trendy kind of place."
He said the restaurant would serve "small plate" food like tapas with its wine and would include an outdoor patio.