Zelick’s dodges early last call
Bobcat Magazine Staff | On 02, Jan 2013
PHOTOS by JAMIE MALDONADO FOR BOBCAT MAGAZINE
The party shows no sign of slowing at Zelick’s.
Since it opened in an old filling station in May 2011, the bar has become one the city’s trendiest, welcoming an eclectic crowd of bikers, river rats, college students and young professionals to its open-air courtyard and Adirondack chairs. But Mike and Cathy Dillon, who own Crystal River Inn next door, said obnoxious patrons were driving away their guests, sometimes in indignant midnight flights.
When San Marcos planning commissioners balked twice in 2012 at giving Zelick’s a three-year permit they need to serve alcohol, it appeared the establishment might face disestablishment. Now both sides say they have settled their differences.
In an agreement signed this month, Zelick’s owners Seth and Chase Katz said they would keep the noise level on the inn’s property from reaching more than 75 decibels, about the volume level of a flushing toilet. In return, the innkeepers agreed not to oppose the Katzs’ bid for a conditional use permit when they appeared before the planning and zoning commission in December for the third time in about a year.
The Dillons’ blessing is no guarantee that the bar-owning brothers will get their permit. But it’s excuse enough to celebrate in a city where excuses are rarely required.