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Daycare Parents Concerned About Proposal to Put a Tavern Next Door

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Rochester: Daycare Parents Concerned About Proposal to Put a Tavern Next Door
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Some parents of a Penfield daycare are up in arms about a local restaurant's proposal to move in next door.

Local restaurant Jeremiah's Tavern isn't receiving the warmest welcome after proposing to move into the Penfield neighborhood.

"It's a complete new build. As we understand, it's going to be their third restaurant in the Rochester area," said Tony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor.

The restaurant owner is asking the town to approve its plan to build a 6,500 square foot restaurant at 2614 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road.

The location puts it next door to the daycare Doodle Bugs.

"I definitely have my concerns because I have two sons that go to Doodle Bugs," said one parent.

Some daycare parents say the restaurant is known to attract a bar crowd and the two don't mix.

"All the parking is going to be shared, right up to the parking that goes right along the wall of Doodle Bugs. There's going to be an open patio so the kids on the playground can watch everything that happens at a bar. Depending on what's going on – fights, alcohol and cigarettes and swearing – I don't want my kids exposed to that," she said.

Suzanne Wilson says her backyard will face the restaurant and she agrees.

"I would like to see if they could do something to buffer the inevitable noise that's going to emanate from this property," said Wilson.

Wednesday night, the Penfield Town Board reviewed the restaurant owner's application.
It will now be voted on for approval by the board at its February 20th meeting.

"Certainly, the town is very interested and very concerned that we are doing the right thing so that everybody is protected as best they can be and certainly, safety is the number one item," said LaFountain.

Town leaders says despite the opposition, they've heard lots of positive feedback from residents. They also say Doodle Bug's owner did not share the same concerns as some of its parents.

The owner of Jeremiah's Tavern declined the opportunity for an interview.

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