After sailing through the City Planning Commission in June, a project to move Reginelli’s across Magazine Street into the former WOW Wingery location on State Street got a similarly warm reception from the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening.
Neighbors like the idea that the popular pizzeria, which has no parking, will be moving into a building that is surrounded by a small parking lot. What they liked even more, perhaps, was news that Reginelli’s is in essence taking its conditional use to sell alcohol with it.
The new location will sell alcohol, but only in a sit-down restaurant context, without the bar that the WOW Wingery had, owner Darryl Reginelli told the association. Further, he said, part of the current location’s original agreement with the city is that when it ceases operating as a Reginelli’s, it gives up its permission to sell alcohol — and the next tenant or owner will have to apply on its own merits for a conditional use.
“There’s actually negative-one alcohol outlet in the city” as a result of the move, Reginelli said.
As for what that next use of the current restaurant will be, Reginelli said he does not know. He’s considered selling the building, but hasn’t decided yet.
“It needs a lot of renovations on the interior,” Reginelli said. “I’m really not sure what’s going to happen.”
The project received a positive recommendation by unanimous vote of the City Planning Commission in June, and next goes before the City Council. With very little discussion or debate, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association voted to send a letter of “no opposition” to the project to Councilwoman Susan Guidry.
Also on Tuesday, the ARNA board voted to send a letter to the lieutenant governor’s office in support of the Uptown University Cultural District, which would exempt art from sales taxes and create tax credits for historic renovations. The board also discussed its promotional efforts and continued monitoring of the land-use changes surrounding the property used for apartment complexes at State and Tchoupitoulas.
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