November 7, 2002

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Big plans for Peach’s

The Village Drive Thru closed its doors for the last time on Friday, Nov. 1, to make room for an expansion project at Peach’s Grill, 104 Xenia Avenue.

When that project is complete, Peach’s will grow by 3,000 square feet. The bar and restaurant plans to add a second full bar, a dance floor and a stage for live music.

By constructing a new stage, Don Beard, co-owner of Peach’s, said he hopes the business will attract larger musical acts to Yellow Springs. “I hope it will be a focal point for the community,” he said.

Construction at Peach’s began on Monday, Nov. 4, to coincide with the slow- down in business the bar experiences during the winter. The project is tentatively expected to be completed in early January.

Over six months of planning culminated in the final design, which includes space for 206 people, tripling the business’s current capacity.

The expansion project may also create new jobs at the bar next spring, however, Beard said, that will be determined later.

The construction plans also include more space for parking. The Village requires a business the size of Peach’s to provide parking for 40 cars. The Village Board of Zoning Appeals this fall granted Peach’s a special exception to the Village’s parking requirements, allowing the bar to provide parking for 16 automobiles. Rob Hillard, the Village manager and zoning administrator, said the Village hopes Peach’s can provide a few more parking spaces.

—Michael Hogan Jr.