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Community Improvement District OKs Bengal's concert plan, street closures

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | 7:39 p.m. CDT; updated 8:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Jay and Dan Rader are proposing to hold an event called Bengal's LIVE on Friday, Oct. 19. If approved by the City Council, streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. The location of the proposed closings is shown here.

COLUMBIA — Bengal's Bar and Grill's plan to host a live concert Oct. 19 downtown was approved by the Community Improvement District on Tuesday. 

The proposal was submitted to the community district by Bengal's co-owners, Jay and Dan Rader, and must still be approved by the City Council.

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Bengal's wants to close Elm Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, as well as Sixth Street between Elm and Chestnut streets. The location of the event will be on Sixth and Elm streets surrounding the venue.

The district's board routinely makes recommendations to the council regarding requests for street closures. These closures require support from surrounding property owners. Casablanca has signed off on the proposal; MU has not.

Christian Basi of the MU News Bureau said university officials are currently reviewing the proposal. The Raders hope that MU will approve the plan before it goes before the council July 16.

"All indications say that it's a go," Dan Rader said. "Given the similarities of our event to other events that have happened downtown, we're not concerned." 

The event would close the streets from 9 to 1 a.m., and open containers would be allowed from 4 to 11 p.m. The concert is planned for a weekend that does not include an MU football game.

The Raders are proposing this event despite signing a petition last summer asking the council to restrict concerts on weekends and during the fall college semester. The petition was prompted by The Blue Note's Summerfest concerts, saying they were a detriment to some downtown businesses.

The owners of Bengal's had a change of heart after being encouraged by members of the council, friends and family to have their own event, Dan Rader said. 

A representative from Shakespeare's Pizza was among those who signed last summer's petition. Kurt Mirtsching, district manager for Shakespeare's, said the Bengal's proposal is fine with him.

"Anyone who wants to do something downtown that's fun is fine with us," Mirtsching said. "We just want a level playing field."

Adam Duschoff, co-owner of Addison's and a Community Improvement District board member, also signed the petition last summer. He said he was more concerned with the way street closures were done downtown than he was with the events other businesses had.

"If they can go through the proper paperwork and get approval from the businesses around them, that's fantastic. I don't believe my business is negatively affected by this," Duschoff said.  

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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