Logan Square Kitchen, the year-old, LEED-Gold-certified, shared-use kitchen and events space whose year of sorrows I wrote about in October, has won its battle with city zoning. The use classification of Zina Murray's business has been settled as "restaurant," and she's out from under the yoke of a oppressive, unattainable parking requirement.
Murray details the last tumultous few days on her blog. I caught up with her this morning for a little more.
The Zoning Board of Appeals votes privately the Monday after each monthly hearing, she told me, and sends out a formal letter of determination within a few weeks. But Monday afternoon her lawyer got a courtesy call from the board saying that it had voted unanimously, 4-0, in her favor.
Of course, it's not over yet. She still has to get her PPA and liquor licenses in line. And her dreams of adding further green features to LSK mean she'll undoubtedly be back in City Hall before too long.
In the meantime, she said, laughing, she had to run. "I have to go to the kitchen because I have another health inspection, for a new client."