CHAGRIN FALLS — Members of the village Architectural Review Board got a first look at plans for 87 West St., Tuesday morning, but in the end asked restaurant developer Rick Doody and architect Rick Siegfried to revise and resubmit the project.
Advisory board member George Clemens asked for elevation drawings that would show exterior changes in context with the Inn of Chagrin Falls, a historical structure which is located next door.
Board Chairman Dr. Steve King said the group is seeking a “general feel and we will get to a better place once we are done with it. That means Chagrin Falls better not Westlake better.”
The building was formerly the Bull and Bird restaurant, which was owned by Joseph Saccone with whom Mr. Doody is partnering on a new steakhouse concept tentatively named Jo-Jo’s Steakhouse.
The front of the building will include expansion of the current 12-seat bar into the covered porch area, which will become a four-season area with room for three or four tables and eight additional seats.
Mr. Doody said bars are emphasized in the development of steakhouse restaurants. More space will be devoted to a larger kitchen.
Board members were unanimous in their objection to replacing the current gable with a larger structure, which would not include seating but serve as a mezzanine with skylights located above the bar.
Other highlights of the reworked building include changes to the current rear patio area which will be partially covered by a deck for open air warm weather seating. Inside, behind the deck is a party room.
In the current plan, an addition to the “Trout Room” dining room will be expanded toward the sidewalk and across the front of the building to include a basement door loading zone, which will be relocated behind the building.
A variance for setback from the sidewalk seems likely at this time, Mr. Doody said.
Specific items the board asked Mr. Doody and Mr. Siegfried to consider is retaining the size of the current gable, using more traditional roofing material instead of metal and reduce massing of the front façade created by the new porch and extended straight line roof line.
Board member Wendy Naylor said she favored the “hodge-podge” of materials and encouraged the planners to retain and reuse the stone from existing pilasters and consider repeating the current ship lap siding into the expanded areas.
Mr. Siegfried said the goal of his plan was to “tighten up” the design and minimize the appearance of “different animal” additions made over time.
“We like different animals,” Mr. King said.
Mr. Doody explained that while the new plan shows expansion of both open and all-season porch and patio spaces and deck areas, the number of seats will remain the same and therefore not require a parking variance.
Depending on what revisions are finally agreed to, the plan would require approval of one or more variances before board members can give it their thumbs up.