Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) commissioners closed a public hearing, but left the written record open, on a proposed takeout window project at the Barn Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs.
The takeout window is a modification to an approved kitchen addition that has been built, but is not finished.
“We do a small amount of takeout business, but it’s extremely awkward,” Sam Dunn, a Barn co-owner, said, citing confusion while people pick up their food inside where people are dining in.
According to Dunn, the Barn does an average of 12 takeout orders a day. In a memo to the MVC, the Barn hopes for an increase in business, but expects the takeout window could handle a five-fold increase.
Several abutters sent letters to the commission in opposition to the takeout window, citing encroachment on the neighborhood, noise issues, and disregard for MVC restrictions and guidelines.
“Please protect us homeowners and the rest of the neighborhood,” Diane Streett wrote.
“I strongly urge [the MVC] deny the applicants’ request for a takeout window and to hold them accountable for failing to adhere to the requirements and restrictions that have been placed on them over the last several years,” Peggy Barmore wrote.
With the hearing closed, the written record was left open until Dec. 12.