The Pub Out Back maybe should not go any farther out or back, according to the Architectural Review Board/Municipal Planning Commission.
After hearing residential neighbors' noise concerns, the board/ commission on Feb. 28 tabled a request to build an outdoor patio on the back of the pub, which opened in December at 679 High St., in the shops behind the Kilbourne Shops in downtown Worthington.
The pub will be allowed to expand into indoor space north of the bar. The area once targeted for offices instead will be used for small parties, meetings and overflow on busy nights.
The proposed 16-by-20-foot patio would have been surrounded by an 8-foot wood fence.
Neighbors from surrounding houses and condos said noise already is a problem and urged the board and commission to deny the patio request.
"I don't want any more noise up there than we already have," said Dave Foust, who lives on Oxford Street, across from the Pub.
Dick Webster lives in the Village Green Condominiums. The fence would be just 42 feet from the south edge of the buildings, he said.
"Once a noise problem exists, getting it contained is really tough," he said.
Fox Lane resident Ian Hamilton spoke in favor of the patio. He and his wife like to go out to a place with a nice patio without driving to Dublin or the Short North, he said.
Hamilton said he was less concerned about the effects on the nearby condos.
"Condos in a commercial area are different than houses," he said.