MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A country-style saloon's bid to expand in Martinsburg cleared two hurdles Tuesday evening when the city's zoning appeals board unanimously approved a variance to parking requirements and an exception to rules for enlarging a nonconforming structure.
The requests by George O'Connell, owner of the Dirty Dawg Saloon at 1017 S. Queen St., were backed by several people attending the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting, including Ward 2 Councilman Richard Yauger.
No one opposed the requests.
"As much as I am anti-bar, I do understand that this particular establishment is doing quite well," said Yauger, who indicated he had visited the business. "It's not a hoochie-coochie bar."
The parking exception was approved contingent upon the recording of a "cross-parking" agreement with the owner of neighboring Towers Restaurant, which would provide 19 additional spaces. The exception granted Tuesday for a nonconforming structure was to allow O'Connell to build space for a walk-in cooler and supply storage area.