The owner of Diablo’s Southwest Grill can move forward with plans to install a rooftop deck on his North Foster Street restaurant after the Historic Preservation Commission met Thursday.
Chad Brinkley submitted a request to install a railing on top of the building and a staircase that extends along the back and sides of the structure. Brinkley said he plans on using about half of the rooftop space to install a deck for special events like Foster Fest or birthday parties.
“I can see on a nice fall afternoon a birthday party and have Brett Smith (of Stix and Cones) bring some ice cream over,” he said. “With Foster Fest, I can see us having something like margarita nights.”
Brinkley said the deck would accommodate about 50 people, and he submitted the request while the building – formerly the business incubator The Nest – is in the midst of renovations. The HPC had to consider the request since the building resides in a historical district – and is a structure that contributes to the historical value of the district.
HPC members asked if the stairwell would be mounted into the wall, which would potentially damage the brick. Brinkley said the stairwell will rest against the wall but will be anchored to the ground.
City planner Anthony Vallone said he thought the rooftop railing would be a nonfactor since the railing could be removed at a later time if needed.
“You can take it away. To me, it’s not really altering the appearance,” he said.
The HPC approved the request unanimously. Brinkley estimated the business is about a month-and-a-half from opening.