There are now two proposed restaurant expansions in German Village, which some see as progress and others view as a burden.

There are now two proposed restaurant expansions in German Village, which some see as progress and others view as a burden.

The latest development to cause a stir is Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus returning to the German Village Commission seeking approval of a first-floor renovation, resulting in the expansion of usable floor space, and construction of a rooftop patio.

The project would add 15 seats downstairs and roughly 70 seats on the patio.

Schmidt's is seeking relief from a city code stipulation that requires an additional 24 parking spaces at the restaurant, 240 E. Kossuth St.

Attorney Mike Shannon, representing restaurant owner Geoff Schmidt, said Schmidt's has worked out an arrangement to lease 18 parking spaces from Giant Eagle on Whittier Street.

Residents, who packed the second-floor auditorium April 5 at the Meeting Haus, complained about lack of parking in the area and expressed concerns about the possibility of noise from the proposed patio.

The criticism followed concerns raised about the proposed Rockmill Tavern on nearby South Fourth Street.

Although the commissioners discussed the Schmidt's project they did not vote, choosing to continue the request for 30 days.

The commission last year recommended against variances related to a similar proposal by Schmidt's.

Yet, the architectural-review board has advisory power over variances and instead rules on exterior architectural changes. Still, Schmidt's didn't pursue the matter any further at the time.

Commission members did, however, express some reservations about the latest design, which they said was only a modest adjustment to the previous one.

The board will make a recommendation about the variance requests but that decision is up to the city of Columbus.

Shannon said it is not uncommon for Schmidt's patrons to wait outside for 2 ??? hours until a table opens up.

The 1,600-square-foot patio will allow people to grab a beverage and limited menu items, but will not be a full-service dining area.

After the meeting, Geoff Schmidt said by providing beverages and appetizers on the patio, customers would spend less time dining at the restaurant, resulting in a quicker turnover of parking.

He said the additions are intended to get people from standing in front of Schmidt's and into the restaurant.

"I don't think any more people are going to line up to get in here," he said.

Some residents already are tense about Rockmill Tavern, which plans to take over the Juergen's German Bakery, 525 S. Fourth St.

Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster wants build a small brewing facility, while leasing out a small portion of the space to Juergen's, and add a 1,400-square-foot patio, requiring an additional 14 parking spots.

The issue returns April 26 to the Columbus Board of Zoning Adjustment, which will decide whether to grant the parking reduction, among other variances, to Rockmill.

The request was tabled last month because only three BZA members were present.

Rockmill owners also were tightening up a good-neighbor agreement with residents.

Shannon said Schmidt's would not be averse to establishing such an accord with its neighbors.