Decision on Noto expansion postponed again

Noto’s at Bil-Mar wants to build a conference room and a hospitality suite. On Monday, the owners responded to the concerns of neighbors.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — For the second time in a month, Grand Haven City Council has voted to postpone deciding whether to approve an addition to a popular restaurant on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The owner of Noto’s in Bil-Mar wants to expand, by building a conference room and a bridal salon. Plans also include closing its outdoor patio.

Those concerned about the project said they believe it will include a rooftop dining area. They say it would have violated a previous agreement. But the owner says there are faulty assumptions about what they are building.

“What they assume would be a roof over the second floor. What we do is basically enclose the floor with a hospitality suite which happens to have a porch so I can write my three books to gain some notoriety for Grand Haven one day, and to do better things for this community as well. But it’s not a roof,” Tony Noto said.

Owners also say they no longer encroach on the sand or beach as they expand.

“We never asked for more busyness. We’re not looking for that,” said Tom Noto.

“In Grand Rapids, we have different spaces for different uses. And some of those uses cannot be used concurrently with the other adjacent space.”

The board’s decision to postpone the final vote on the expansion was made so that board members could review a more detailed analysis of the game and ask any other questions they may have about it.

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