Paula Pridgen, who lives about 50 feet from Ed’s Tavern, recently had a message for City Council: Noise from the popular Dilworth bar’s back patio is making her home “unusable.”
“It would be one thing if the bar is in South End and a new neighborhood, but I can hear everything they are saying,” said Pridgen, who lives across Ideal Way from the bar. “(The people on the patio) are dropping F bombs.”
In response to complaints from Pridgen and others, Charlotte code enforcement officials have issued citations to the bar, the latest skirmish between the city’s nightlife and homeowners who want peace.
Two years ago, Ed’s Tavern built an outdoor patio behind the bar. Because the patio is less than 100 feet from houses, the patio has to close by 11 p.m.
The city issued a notice of violation in November 2015 and again in March 2016. The bar then enclosed part of the patio last fall, but the city found the area was still a mostly outdoor space, and the 11 p.m. curfew was still in effect.
Earlier this month, the city issued another violation to the tavern.
Pridgen’s home on Park Road was recently designated by council members as an historic landmark. She said she bought the home two years ago, before the patio had been built.
“No one knew anything about the back deck,” she said. “They haven’t been good neighbors and haven’t tried to do anything to mitigate the noise.”
She said the bar has at times moved people from the back deck to outdoor seating in the front. That doesn’t help, she said.
“I can often hear patrons talking inside my home,” she said. “We have frequently complained that we can hear trivia nights. My home is unusable.”
Mike Morelli, general manager of Ed's Tavern, said the controversy is “not much to comment on.”
He said the bar is trying to work with the city.
“We had the zoning people out,” he said last week.
The city said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have received “many calls” about noise from the bar’s deck. The city’s code enforcement department said the bar has hired security to move people inside at 11 p.m.
Ben Krise, the city’s code enforcement supervisor, said the city has been trying to get the bar in compliance for a long time. But he said the city hasn’t yet fined the business.
“We have had clear and open communication with them,” he said.
Ed’s Tavern underwent a branding change earlier this year. The popular bar changed its name to Bourbon N Burgers this past March, but reversed that decision in May.
Ken Jones, who lives behind the bar’s back patio, said he was worried about possible noise when he first moved to his current residence a couple months ago.
“I just hear their music on Sunday afternoons, but it hasn’t bothered me,” he said.
Jones said he has heard people out on the back patio after 11 p.m. once or twice.