The food is good (which is more then you can say for all Grims establishments) and the wine is grossly overpriced (which you can say about ALL of Grims's establishments).
It is the watering hole of the moment, and truthfully should be renamed Cougar Town (what, you thought no one would notice? Lordy the women who do prowl in there - so Devon Horse Show-Saturday Club proper by day, desperate Cougar Town Divas by night...)
If White Dog wasn't a Bad Dog, no one would care. But White Dog is a Bad Dog, and Radnor just lets them keep on keeping on it seems. Ok yes, they are up in front of zoning, but seriously? If anyone supposed to inspect commercial establishments in Radnor showed up between Thursday night and Saturday night, they would see what my friend likes to call the "Fire Code, Smire Code Syndrome". Wall to wall and overflow parking everywhere.
White Dog doesn't just deserve parking exceptions and outdoor dining by divine right, and if they want more seats let Marty Grims open that fat wallet of his and pay for extra parking elsewhere and not just where dumb assed valets and cougars teetering on fake Jimmy Choo's can shove cars. Let him pony up a lease and do it right. Or as far as I am concerned the Bad Dog can pick up it's bone and go home.
I saw on Radnor Patch where some man pratttled:
Restaurants like White Dog, and the outdoor dining experience they offer, are fantastic amenities to our community. A well designed and landscaped outdoor dining scene is an asset to our downtown. Folks who come to eat may also come to shop in our stores and grab a movie ,which is good business. Let's encourage efforts to help well planned businesses to thrive in our community. It seems logical that daytime parking becomes available in the evening for our restaurant patrons.
Well sidle on up and call me Sally, but really? We are talking Lancaster Avenue. Gas fumes, traffic, macadam. We're not talking that walled in bit of niceness over at 333 Belrose on a quiet lane. I am all for outdoor dining, but it shouldn't be a divine right, and sometimes it's a downright nuisance. Look at The Great American Pub in Wayne? Whose pockets did they line to get sidewalk sprawl?
The bottom line is White Dog has not played by any rules since it opened. So if they can go to obedience school and behave for a while and provide legal extra parking to take the burden off other businesses and neighbors, well then, maybe they deserve a reward. But as for right now? They are in the dog house in snarky's book.
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Radnor zoning board continues White Dog, Xilantro appeals
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
By Alan Thomas
The Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board heard appeals from two Radnor restaurants over the township zoning officer’s previous refusal to grant “approval to operate an accessory outdoor dining area” Thursday night.
The board left the patio doors open for the White Dog Café and just-opening Xilantro, at least until the next board meeting June 16, when it will consider briefs by the applicants and the township regarding each of the appeals. However, it seems unlikely that anyone will be sipping a margarita or “ooohing” over cashew-crusted tofu while watching the traffic along either the 200 block of Lancaster Avenue or on North Wayne Avenue before summer is past the halfway point if at all before fall.
While the appeals were about dining, the dark and twisted subplot was always about traffic, or more to the point, parking.
Board members reminded themselves more than once that the appeals themselves had only to do with outdoor dining.....Representatives of both restaurants indicated that outdoor dining was an important factor in their decisions to enter the businesses at their respective addresses.
Representing both clients, attorney George Boseman had Marty Grims, operator of the White Dog, say for the record that the patio area next to his Town Center restaurant building was seen as “patio use” when the property was purchased and was understood to be an “addendum” to the lease.
Township solicitor John Rice pressed to make the point that Grims’ plans had all along included the patio as “principal” although not in writing....White Dog claims 158 parking spots in the Town Center lot. Its proposed hours, 5:30-10 p.m. on weeknights, would free another 50. The current number, however, is seen as inadequate by nearby residents who say that employees park on residential streets and that valet and overflow parking take up spaces, largely on Bloomingdale and Windsor avenues, that should be reserved for residential parking.
Radnor Patch: White Dog Wants More Seats--Zoning Appeal on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 PM
Posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:22pm
White Dog Café (“WD”) has petitioned Radnor’s Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) to expand their seating by 50 seats in an outdoor dining area and limiting the use of the outdoor seating to 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM on weekdays with expanded hours on weekends. Our Township zoning officials denied WD’s application for the increased seating, and WD is now appealing that decision to the ZHB. Below is the text of the appeal.
.....Based on their appeal, WD will argue that there will be sufficient parking for the additional 50 seats beginning at 5:30 PM when many of the office-related employees vacate the parking lot. However, if WD was permitted to add 50 more seats and based on my calculations, the required parking for the expanded restaurant would actually require all but 8 of the 158 parking spaces available at the Wayne Town Center, leaving only 8 spaces for the remaining office employees that occupy about 40,000 square feet of space and customers and employees of the other retail stores. Any shortfall of spaces would overflow to our residential side streets and other legal parking spaces.
In addition, due to the inadequacy of WD’s parking, I have observed very hazardous traffic conditions such as vehicles backing out of the congested WD parking lot onto Lancaster Avenue, vehicles blocking the sidewalk along Lancaster at the entrance to WD, and traffic stacked on Lancaster from in front of WD to the traffic light at Banbury due to the WD customers waiting to enter the parking lot.
Largely due to WD’s directing their employees to not park in their parking lot to make room for customers, many WD employees parked all day and every day on Bloomingdale Ave. As a result, the west side of Bloomingdale was restricted to “2-Hour Only” parking, thereby permanently reducing the availability of parking spaces to the residents on Bloomingdale and Lenoir (similar to Farm Road when Minella’s directed their employees to park on Farm).