Council vote expected April 22
Beer garden likely to return to Tomato Festival
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival organizers are again seeking permission to operate a beer garden at the festival in August.
Parks and Recreation Director Joe Brown asked members of Reynoldsburg City Council's community development committee Monday, April 14, to waive a city ordinance provision and allow alcohol at Huber Park -- only during the Tomato Festival and only in the Beer Garden.
Council waived the provision in July last year, approving the festival's first Beer Garden. Patrons were required to be 21 or older, wear a wristband and consume the beer only in the Beer Garden.
The committee sent Brown's request back to the full council for a third reading, with a recommendation that it be adopted at council's April 22 meeting.
Brown wrote in his request that the Beer Garden would be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, during this year's Tomato Festival.
"The area would be completely enclosed, with patrons being able to see the stage and entertainment," Brown wrote. "The Tomato Festival Board of Directors will again gather all necessary permits required, continue to refine the alcohol servers' training requirements and will work closely with the Reynoldsburg police and administration to assure that all security measures meet the highest standards."
The Beer Garden would be located close to the Senior Center at Huber Park, adjacent to the entertainment stage.
In a special meeting held immediately after the committee sessions, Reynoldsburg City Council approved special exception use permits for two restaurants and a daycare center.
Permits were approved for Raphael's Soul Food Kitchen, 1780 Brice Road, and A La Toby's Pizzeria, 1361 Brice Road, with the stipulation there would be no alcohol consumption in the restaurants. Alcohol sales were approved for a gift shop at Raphael's Soul Food Kitchen.
Tonye and Augustine KruKrubo, owners of Next Generation Childcare at 1733 Brice Road, had requested a special exception use permit for their business after the Reynoldsburg Board of Zoning and Building Appeals sent the issue to city council because the center did not have a safe outside play area.
Augustine KruKrubo told the service committee last month that it was his understanding he could take the children to a city park if there were no outside play area. Committee members told him he would have to get a letter from a state agency indicating whether that would be allowed. The permit request was then sent back to council for more discussion.
KruKrubo has since said he would provide plans to council for construction of an outside play area on the south side of the daycare building.