Sassy’s Bar & Grille might not have an outdoor patio for patrons to enjoy when it opens in October, but the owners will be working to have it done by spring.
On Monday night Twinsburg Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for an outdoor patio in a commercial district for the new bar in Twinsburg Plaza off Ravenna Road. The final site plan was also approved by the commission, provided city council votes favorably on the conditional use permit.
One of the conditions for the patio approval required a revised landscape plan from owners Sarah Steele and Stephanie Stricklen, to ensure compliance with the city as well as create a proper noise barrier. The new bar is next to the complex and planning commission was concerned noise from the patio would disturb the apartment building facing the bar.
, Ravenna Woods’ Property Manager Nancy Estep was opposed to plans for the patio, saying the noise and lights from the outdoor space could be an issue for residents.
Steele said they plan to plant three trees on the property line between Ravenna Woods and Sassy’s.
“With the tree we picked, it does grow very tall and with the trees that are already there, it will blend in very nicely and will block a lot of the noise,” Steele said.
But it wasn’t just the noise of customers planning commission was worried about. It also discussed whether or not a speaker should be placed on the patio. It was decided live music would not be allowed, but one outside speaker would be just fine.
“We’re going to definitely put it not facing Ravenna Woods,” Steele said.
“We can keep it at a certain level and tell guests that it can’t go above,” said Stephanie Stricklen.
If there were any complaints brought forward about the sound coming from the patio, Sassy’s would then follow the compliance process for noise ordinance in the city. But some members felt if there was a patio at a bar, there had to be some music.
“I think it would be a little restrictive to say you couldn’t have a speaker out there,” said Kolette Woloszynek. “It would be odd almost to sit there in silence.”