Design Review Approves Patio For Whistle & Keg

Design Review Approves Patio for Whistle & Keg

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Design Review Committee Tuesday approved new patio fencing and planters for the Whistle & Keg tavern at 101 W. Federal St.

Brothers Michael and Joseph Thomas, owners of the establishment, appeared before the committee with new plans for an outdoor patio after the committee deferred the item at last month’s meeting.

The committee was concerned about the original plan because the patio’s parameters were too close to West Federal and Phelps streets. The initial plan also entailed installing a black aluminum fence to mark off the patio area, but the committee determined that another material should be used because similar fences around the downtown have fallen into disrepair.

Instead, Whistle & Keg presented a new plan that calls for a wooden fence with a weathered look and matching planters along the interior of the patio area. The parameters of the patio were also moved closer to the building.

Michael Thomas said that the planter could include small evergreen shrubs that would last through the winter months, while colorful flowers would be added in the spring and summer.

The new enclosure – measuring roughly 125 square feet — should accommodate three outdoor tables, Thomas said. “We hope to be finished with it by the end of the month,” he said.

Committee member Angelo Pignetelli voted against the plan, citing concerns about water retention and the work required to maintain the enclosure.

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