Two years after Mo's Irish Pub received a controversial approval to raze homes to make space for another parking lot on 108th Place, the pavement is still not in place.
The delay irked Common Council President Eric Meaux to the extent that he asked that a request by the restaurant owners to open earlier on weekends be contingent on the parking lot project moving forward.
"A year is more than an enough time to build a parking lot," he said. "It's been two years."
The council agreed Tuesday night and voted unanimously to allow Mo's to open at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as long as they have a substantially complete parking lot by the end of the year.
Mo's received all its permits and construction is expected to start next week, City Attorney Alan Kesner said.
"We can hold them to begin work and do as much as they possibly can," he said.
Alderman Bobby Pantuso supported the mandate, saying it's important to hold business owners to the promises they make.
Between the parking lots already attached to the restaurant and a lot across the street, the company already has more parking spaces than required, said Debra Stephenson, chief operating officer of the Mo's restaurant group.
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