The owners of Sea Bright's Mad Hatter will continue their fight for approval to reopen their restaurant tonight, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. the Sea Bright Planning/Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The application, which began last year, calls for the construction of an elevated multi-use building at 10 E. Ocean Ave., the same location as the original restaurant that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The building will have a maximum height of 47 feet and 9 inches; higher than the current height standards for the B-1 zone. Therefore, a variance will be needed for the project to move forward.
The plan is to create covered 7 parking spaces and a storage area under the elevated portion.
The first floor would have a bar and dining area and the second floor would include more dining space, a kitchen, an outdoor patio bar on the east side of the building.
The applicant is also requesting variances for lot depth, front yard setback, rear yard setback, maximum building coverage, maximum lot coverage and minimum parking requirements.
There are some who have objected to the project and have even hired attorneys; a neighbor directly across Surf Street to the north and another who owns the connected property to the south. They have cited the increased attendance, larger size of the building, live music and limited parking as their chief complaints about the proposed project.
The meetings have been well-attended and have generally been standing-room only, so those who wish to attend should try to get there early.