The GOAT restaurant and bar in Carmel will be permitted to reopen during the evening after reaching an agreement with the city that bans live music and imposes other new requirements.
The agreement comes two days after Carmel officials began enforcing a variance that required The GOAT to close at 2:30 p.m. The bar at 220 E. 2nd St. SW had been staying open until as late as 3 a.m., and neighboring residents had complained about noise and public indecency, saying that customer were urinating and defalcating outside the bar.
The agreement is meant to last until the Carmel City Council considers a request to rezone the property along the Monon Trail to allow for later hours. A meeting on that rezoning is scheduled for Feb. 25.
“This will also give them the opportunity to show their commitment to be better neighbors and that they can coexist in this vibrant area of our city prior to the final vote on the variance in early 2021,” Mayor Jim Brainard said in a written statement. “We appreciate the input and patience of those who have expressed concerns and hope that they see an immediate difference.”
The agreement requires The GOAT operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Last call for food and beverages will be on hour prior to closing, the business’ noise levels must remain below 50 decibels and there may be no live music.
There can be no more than 40 patrons per toilet in compliance with standards in the State of Indiana Building Code, but the capacity may increase if more restrooms are added. The GOAT’s outdoor area must also remain closed unless its use is permitted by the proposed rezone.
On Monday, the Carmel City Council approved a new public urination and defecation fine to begin addressing issues at the bar. The city announced the next day that it would enforce the previously overlooked zoning restriction tied to the restaurant’s property that required The GOAT close every day by 2 p.m.
That variance had been approved for the location’s previous restaurant, Bub’s Cafe.
The GOAT is owned by Kevin and Megan Paul, who also own the Brockway Pub and Danny Boy Beer Works in Carmel. Kevin Paul previously told IBJ that the tavern’s hours have been 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and that he would reopen for lunch under the variance requiring him to close at 2 p.m.
The agreement also outlines several security measures:
- The bar’s operators must make sure patrons use only public streets, sidewalks and paths to access the premises; not neighboring private properties.
- If necessary, The GOAT will be required to employ private security to ensure compliance with the requirements.
- The GOAT will only be allowed one entrance on the east side of the building.
- There must be a full-time bouncer at that entrance to ensure patrons are of legal age, prevent drinks from leaving the bar and to prevent loitering.
- The bar will direct all ride sharing activities to the drop off/pick up point near Midtown Garage.
There were also several measures to ensure cleanliness, including a requirement that The GOAT install a hose to be used to clean up the area. The GOAT is now also responsible for collecting trash within a three-block area after closing each night.
The city’s Department of Community Services will be in charge of determining whether The GOAT is adhering to the agreement. Under the agreement, The GOAT’s owners have 24 hours to remedy any issues. If they do not do so, the city may force it to close immediately and may take legal action.