UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Cafe Society plan derailed for Southport RR depot

Friday, August 31, 2012

Cafe Society plan derailed for Southport RR depot

It's lights out for Cafe Society, an alcohol-serving eatery proposed at the Southport Railroad Station that was strongly opposed by neighbors. "It's dead as far as I'm concerned. We gave him plenty of time," said Ronald Pine, a member of the town's Parking Authority, during the authority's Thursday night meeting in Sullivan-Independence Hall. Trudi Durrell, a Parking Authority member, agreed. "I think we're done," she said. "I think we need to go back to square one and open it up again. People need to get invited to come." The authority has the power to sublease space in the eastbound and westbound Southport Railroad Station terminals, subject to approval from the state Department of Transportation, which owns the buildings and leases them to the authority. Cafe Society was proposed to occupy the westbound terminal, which was rebuilt after a fire several years ago, at a monthly cost of $1,400. Josh Fried of Fairfield, who wanted to open Cafe Society, and his lawyer, James Walsh, did not attend Thursday night's meeting, and Parking Authority members said Fried and Walsh had received two extensions to respond to a letter from the DOT saying it could not approve a lease to Cafe Society because of a lack of support from local historic preservationists and residents who live near the train station. READ MORE:

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