Things are heating up over at the old Daddy’s location in the Ivey’s building at the corner of Fifth and Church streets.
Buzz around town is that Coyote Ugly – currently in the boonies of North College Street – is looking to change locations and has already applied for a liquor license and signed a lease at Ivey’s.
The Friends of Fourth Ward neighborhood association isn’t too happy about the possible new tenant.
"This particular bar’s intent is more akin to a pure drinking establishment than a restaurant or cocktail lounge," said FoFW president Jay Biles. "There is open encouragement to drink to excess."
Biles cites that atmosphere as a concern for noise and increased crime to nearby residents.
Charlotte Center City Partners backed Biles’ concerns in a letter released Tuesday.
"We emphatically agree that this is the wrong location for this business type. The potentially loud and boisterous interior and exterior noise generated by a bar of this type would greatly disturb residents," the letter said.
Biles said he would prefer to see Coyote Ugly stay in the College Street entertainment district.
Ivey’s manager Stefan Latorre responded to the concerns in an e-mailed statement tonight:
"Coyote Ugly ... is a reputable national company that is willing to improve the space and operate a restaurant and bar. The tenant has a signed lease agreement with our company, so we are legally bound to lease this space to them. Nevertheless, we believe they will be good neighbors and they are obligated under the terms of the lease to abide by all laws and not create a nuisance. The tenant has an excellent record in 15 sites throughout the country, and we expect them operate a good business here as well."