HIGHLAND | After denying a local tavern's annual request for an outdoor beer garden last year, some members of the Town Council had a change of heart.
In a divided vote, Growlers on Highway got the nod to celebrate its sixth anniversary on Aug. 31 with a beer garden. The approval followed an affirmative recommendation by the Redevelopment Commission.
Growlers, which sits next to a town-owned parking lot at the southeast corner of Highway and Kennedy avenues, will be allowed to use the lot for the beer garden.
Growlers' President George Petersen, in a letter to town officials, noted that the bar has had four similar events in the past.
The council rejected Growlers' request in 2012 due to security concerns.
"We will select a firm date based on the requirements of the town regarding approval, set-up, security and limitations," Petersen wrote.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with a live band from 7 to 11:45 p.m., after which the event will move inside the bar, Petersen added.
Voting in favor were Councilmen Mark Herak, I-2nd; Vice President Bernie Zemen, D-1st; and President Brian Novak, D-4th. Casting no votes were Dan Vassar, D-3rd; and Konnie Kuiper, D-2nd.