May 18, 2012Future patrons of the new Des Peres Dierbergs will have barbecue.
Dierbergs' request for a permanent outside smoker was unanimously approved by the Des Peres Board of Aldermen on Monday.
At a public hearing before the meeting, Brent Beumer, director of real estate for Dierbergs, said that since the planning and zoning commission had concerns about the effect of smoke on surrounding residents, Dierbergs enlisted SCI Engineering to conduct a smoke study.
"No odors were detected at different points for 230 to 330 feet from the smoker," he said. "This would take it to the property lines in Manhattan Place.
"Although the odor is minimal, you can smell barbecue when you're on top of it," he said. "And we want people to maybe want to buy some. We are not selling from the parking lot, however. The product will be sold inside."
The smoker will also be moved closer to Manchester Road farther from the entrance to the subdivision, Beumer said.
Resident Jill Krupela asked how many months Dierbergs would be operating the smoker and questioned its placement.
The smoker would be used 12 months out of the year, Beumer said.
As for the location, he said the store did want the smoker visible.
Dierbergs plans to open July 31.
The board also passed a bill prohibiting "nuisances associated with commercial outdoor cooking."
City Administrator Doug Harms said that the Schnucks store, which also has an outdoor cooker, would have to stop until it conducted the appropriate studies.