and remodeling plans are ongoing at the Pleasant Hill
Bar and Grill at the intersection of Highway 64 and
Pleasant Hill Road Thursday in Richfield.
RICHFIELD — The Plan Commission
has approved holding a public hearing on June 20 about a request for
a change in the village’s comprehensive plan that will allow
construction of a new parking area and expansion of the Pleasant
Hill Bar and Grill.
The bar, formerly known as the Hairy Lemon, is now owned by Pleasant
Hill Management which is owned by John Loosen. Two small adjacent
properties will be involved in the overall development plan. One is
0.18 acres, the other 0.25 acres. Last month the Village Board
granted permission to join the two lots into one single one along
with the bar property. Village Administrator Jim Healy said in order
for Loosen’s project to move ahead, he needs to change the future
land use designation for some of the property.
Loosen’s petition is the fourth step in a multi-step process for
redeveloping the establishment. The property is just north of the
approximately one-acre restaurant lot at 2102 Highway 164. In
September, Loosen received approval of the new business’s plan of
operation from the commission.
A home that once stood on the property to the north was recently
demolished after a permit was obtained from the Building Inspection
Department. The former structure’s building pad has been graded in
preparation for construction of the new concrete parking area. The
expansion will provide an additional 75 parking stalls, far more
than would be required. “The intent with removing that structure was
to create additional space for a future building expansion which he
is planning on submitting in June,” said Healy. “His plan would call
for an expansion that would nearly double the size of the current
building, using the ordinance adopted by the Village Board several
years back to allow for the expansion of legal, non-conforming
Healy said the building has existed for a very long time, it
presently does not comply with setbacks and is very close to the
road, both Pleasant Hill and Highway 164.
“So the fact that the state is cheating the road over approximately
30 feet to the west will help. Parking there has historically been
an issue,” Healy said.
Healy said the property currently has an access point on Highway
164, but Pleasant Hill Management has worked with the state
Department of Transportation to modify his access point 400 feet
from the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Highway 164 for
“Currently there are instances where customers park on the north and
south side of Pleasant Hill Road, which creates a single lane of
traffic exiting onto Highway 164,” Healy said. “If the property
owner creates the additional parking on his property, it is
anticipated that this potential safety hazard will be remedied.”
Healy said Loosen, through previous projects, has been a great
community partner. He said one thing Loosen wanted to do when he
came to the village with his idea to purchase the business was to
improve the safety of this intersection.
“He is going to the village’s Architectural Review Board next
Wednesday with a proposal to effectively double the size of the
building,” Healy said. “Right now there is a handful of tables in
there and the kitchen is quite small. He hopes to serve more people
and have a more efficient working space.”