The City Council endeavored to make good on its promise to bring in a creative thinker to head up the Cultural Council by approving Gretchen Pearl as the director with a vote of 9 to 2. Ms. Pearl will step into the role May 12, replacing interim director Tom McDermott who is stepping down over allegations of misappropriated contracts.
Neighborhood Restaurant Proposal Spurs Noisy Debate
Residents of Lakewood, just outside of Old Town West, are split over a proposal to replace local hangout Motleys with an upscale bar and restaurant. After Motleys shuttered its doors late last year the local hospitality group Peninsula moved in to bid on the property. Enlisting the help of Garner Designs, they submitted plans for 200-seat eatery, Ghost Spirits. And while most everyone is happy about the restaurant itself, it’s the outdoor fire pit and proposal for an outdoor events stage that has neighbors raising their voices.