Three requests before the Clintonville Area Commission received the advisory panel's unanimous approval last week.

Three requests before the Clintonville Area Commission received the advisory panel's unanimous approval last week.

That means a cat cafe fad popular in Japan and on the East and West coasts will be coming to Clintonville and Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe can close its "patio gap" with nearby competitors.

The vote also means one of the oldest Wendy's restaurants is due to be replaced by the very latest iteration of the fast-food chain's stores, although Wendy's officials on hand at the session committed to meeting with people who live near the restaurant at 3592 N. High St. to convince them the speaker system on the new building won't disturb them late at night.

The restaurant was built in 1973, making it the 22nd in the chain, attorney Aaron I. Underhill of the New Albany law firm of Underhill Yaross Hodge LLC told commission members during his presentation.

"This is kind of a new concept for Wendy's," Underhill added. "It feels more like a sit-down restaurant."

The new structure requires variances from the parking-lot setbacks along North High Street and Torrence Road from 10 feet to 3.5 feet, said Dana Bagwell, chairwoman of the zoning and variance committee. A new monument sign would replace the existing overhead one, but it would be 4 feet from the street instead of the 15 feet under city code, Underhill said.

Tommy Morgan of Wendy's development department said the plan is to demolish the existing building toward the end of August. Construction of the new structure should take between 90 and 110 days, he said.

After several nearby residents raised concerns about the speakers for the drive-thru, which is open from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., District 2 representative Nancy Kuhel proposed delaying a decision on the variance requests until the CAC's June meeting. That would provide time for chain executives to demonstrate that new technology will eliminate the noise problems, she said.

Instead, because the noise concerns weren't part of the variance application, commission members voted to approve the requests, while Morgan and other Wendy's representatives will meet with neighbors.

Commission members also backed variances needed to permit Christine A. Kuras of Grove City to open the Eat Purr Love Cat Cafe at 3041 Indianola Ave.

This would be the first such cafe in Ohio, said Bagwell, who added the variances were to reduce the required separation of an animal shelter from residential property to 15 feet from 100 feet, and the number of parking spaces from 12 to none.

The business would serve coffee and prepackaged foods to people while they interact with felines available for adoption from the Capital Area Humane Society, Bagwell said. Patrons also would pay an hourly fee.

The concept is especially popular in Japan, where many people live in high-rises that do not permit pets, Kuras told the commission members. The cats, up to 15 at any given time, are permitted to roam free and interact with guests.

"They'll come and sit on your lap and you can pet them and take pictures with them," Kuras said.

Finally, CAC members gave their blessing to Mozart's owner Anand Saha's request to be permitted to connect his two existing patio spaces at 4784 N. High St. This will enable him to compete with the outdoor eating areas at nearby Rusty Bucket and Bareburger restaurants, Bagwell said.

The additional patio space requires nine more parking spots, but Bagwell said Saha has reached agreements with surrounding property owners to provide 17 additional ones.