Stanley's Northeast Bar Room planning major expansion

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December 31, 2013 // UPDATED 12:41 pm - January 2, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
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Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room is planning a major expansion that will add indoor seating for large groups, a rooftop patio and more than double the size of its kitchen.

Stanley’s is proposing to expand the ground floor of the building to include the space currently occupied by its patio. That extra indoor space would be used to build a new kitchen.

“Our kitchen is just way too small right now, and for what we’re doing with our food truck and catering we decided to expand,” said Stanley’s General Manager Luke Derheim.

The patio essentially moves directly up one level, resting on top of the new kitchen, and extra group seating will be added as part of the expansion. The second-floor event space will remain exclusively available for private parties.

“With the way it is now in Northeast with popular bar crawls and large groups it will be beneficial to have extra space for some larger tables,” said Derheim, who added that a full-service bar is also planned for the rooftop patio.

Derheim said he has been working with the city and several different neighborhood organizations for months to develop the plans with input from neighbors. Stanley’s has included a large barrier on the rooftop patio to help ease neighbor’s concerns about privacy and noise.

Concerned Citizens of Marshall Terrace (CCMT) President Greg Langason said CCMT feels “cautiously favorable” toward the plan, and he anticipated CCMT would issue a letter of support for Stanley’s.

“There were people in the area who had concerns about noise and privacy, but Stanley’s has been a good neighbor that pays attention and listens…we understand we live in a mixed neighborhood,” said Langason.

Derheim cautioned that the plans could be subject to change, depending on final cost estimates and city approval, which should both come in January.