Quinton's Left In The Cold
Mike McClung, owner of Quinton's Bar and Deli, hoped to have his 1,688 square foot rooftop expansion completed in time for the Missouri-Nebraska football game scheduled for Saturday, October 6. However, the city of Columbia has forced McClung to stop construction at the 124 S. Ninth St. location, essentially demolishing their target completion date.
The trouble involves the expansion's 88 square foot balcony overhang, which extends four feet in front of the building. According to McClung, he needs to acquire a "Right of Use" permit, although he is still unsure about what specific ordinance his addition is violating.
"I'd hate to throw the city under the bus," McClung said. "I appreciate the city's forward thinking... but nobody wants to be a guinea pig."
According to City Manager Bill Watkins, the overhang presents safety concerns for residents walking on the sidewalk below.
Although the city has since allowed McClung to continue work on all portions of the addition except the balcony overhang, owners are still worried about how the delay will affect profits.
"Nobody's excited about lost revenue, I mean, nobody's excited about losing money, especially when it's out of your hands," McClung said. "I haven't made a decision to lose money. You know, our project was really pushing along to be done on profitable days."
Right now, there is no specific date set for completion of the project. McClung, who had hoped to take advantage of Missouri football weekends, fears that by the time of the next home game after Nebraska, it will be too cold to take advantage of the outdoor patio. Due to the delay, Quinton's may not be able to open its outdoor expansion until next spring.