CEDAR LAKE | The Town Council has denied a variance that would have allowed a mobile barbecue purveyor to operate in the parking lot of the Sportsman’s Den.
Robert Schrum of Frank’s Backyard BBQ appeared before the council Tuesday with a favorable recommendation from the Board of Zoning Appeals. But his proposal didn’t “fit our strategic plan,” said Councilman Greg Parker before he moved to deny Schrum’s request.
The BZA recommendation came with the stipulation that the council create a policy for future petitioners who might come before it with similar requests.
“I encourage you not to give up,” Councilman Greg Foreman, the sole member to vote in favor of the project, told Schrum. “Keep (scouting) different locations and addressing the issues (raised during the process).” Schrum would have needed a special-use variance to bring his business to the Sportsman’s Den at 9905 W. 133rd Ave. in Cedar Lake.
Frank’s Backyard BBQ is a mobile smoker/trailer that can serve barbecue in different locations and would operate much like a portable hot dog stand. Schrum said he wanted to operate the smoker at the Sportsman’s Den on three different weekends. If the barbecue proved popular he would see about expanding its presence, he said.