Marble Cliff Village Council May 18 approved a conditional use permit to allow a teashop/restaurant at the Marble Cliff Station building, 1885 W. Fifth Ave.

Marble Cliff Village Council May 18 approved a conditional use permit to allow a teashop/restaurant at the Marble Cliff Station building, 1885 W. Fifth Ave.

Mary Boesch, the owner and operator of MiMi's Teacup, told council she is hoping to be open for business by the end of July.

The conditional use permit was issued to the Lach Family Partnership, which owns the building and will lease the space to Boesch.

Council approved the conditional use with the stipulation that if a neighbor makes a complaint about noise or odor from the restaurant, council will conduct a hearing on the issue to evaluate and/or modify the permitted hours of operation.

After considering whether to set more stringent restrictions on how long MiMi's Teacup could stay open, council agreed to approve the same ending hours as was allowed several years ago when an ice cream parlor moved into the site.

Like the ice cream parlor, MiMi's Teacup will be able to stay open until 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from the day after Memorial Day to Labor Day and until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. weekends from Labor Day through Memorial Day.

Council added a provision that Boesch's restaurant cannot open any earlier than 7 a.m.

Although council had some concern about the potential noise that may come from the restaurant's ventilation system, it opted not to set any restrictions on when the system can operate.

MiMi's Teacup will occupy about 1,550 square feet plus 600 square feet of patio space. There will be seating for about 30 people.

The restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea service featuring on-site baked scones, tea breads, cupcakes and other sweets.

Fresh fruit, yogurt, house-made granola and breakfast casseroles will also be served for breakfast and on-site prepared seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches will be available for lunch.

Afternoon tea will be served in the traditional tiered style with tea, scones, cream and jam, finger sandwiches and mini-sweets.

Boesch told council the restaurant is named after her grandmother.

In other business, council expressed interest in the service projects twin brothers proposed for Tarpy Woods Park.

Carson and Eric Dull, Marble Cliff residents and Grandview Heights High School sophomores, are proposing doing the work as Eagle Scout projects.

Carson Dull told council he would like to build a 70- to 80-foot long fence to separate the public/private properties at the park.

He said the split rail fence would be similar in nature to a fence located on the other side of the woods.

The estimated cost for materials would be about $300, Dull said.

His brother proposed building a new path in the park.

Drainage issues often result in the existing path becoming muddy, Eric Dull said.

He said he has two possible locations for the path.

His preferred location would be a couple of yards east of the existing path, Eric Dull said.

While this location would be dry and on level ground, it may encroach on nearby private properties, he said. If the property line is not an issue, this would be the simplest and best option.

The other location would be about 20 yards west of the existing path, Dull said.

One issue with this location is that it is a little out of the way and a small bridge would have to be built across the creek, he said. Depending on the materials used, it would cost between $650 and $1,000 to build the bridge.

Mayor Rich Murray suggested the Dulls meet with village administrator Bill Johannes to work out more specific details of their plans while the village contacts the adjoining property owners to make sure there are no problems with property lines.

If all goes well, their proposals will be on the agenda and voted on at council's June meeting, he said.

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