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San Marcos Planning Commission Approved A Master Conditional Use Permit To Transform Old California Restaurant Row

September 12, 2011

From the North County TimesOld California Restaurant Row plans to boost entertainment through a city permit that provides blanket guidelines for live music, karaoke, art exhibits and car shows on site, and opens portions of its parking lot to special events.

The San Marcos Planning Commission on Tuesday approved what officials called a master conditional use permit that “would attempt to transform Old California Restaurant Row from a static environment of restaurants into a dynamic, family-oriented destination and community gathering place.”

Through the permit, Restaurant Row aims to restore the site’s original role as a regional attraction, officials said.

The permit sets standards for the kinds of entertainment allowed, and describes when and where it can take place, enabling Restaurant Row and its businesses to schedule activities in advance. Until now, officials said, the venue had to seek a separate permit for each event.

The conditional use permit opens the door to musical events, classic car shows, farmers markets, arts and craft shows and seasonal performances. It also spells out what kinds of activities the site can’t host, banning flea markets and swap meets, as well as adult entertainment, from wet T-shirt, bikini and lingerie contests to casino nights, burlesque dancing and strip shows.

The permit specifies how much of a restaurant’s dining space can be dedicated to entertainment, and identifies portions of the site —- including parking lot spaces, a courtyard and concrete stage —- for special events.

It states that entertainment must cease by midnight for restaurants, and limits nightclub activities to the hours between 5 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

The permit cements the city’s role in regulating the site by stipulating that nightclub owners and managers must…to read the rest of this story, please click here.

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