The latest addition to the town’s “funky fishing village,” a 350-seat restaurant with public boat docks, is scheduled to come before the town council at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Plans for the Jupiter Inlet Restaurant, formerly Brix Italian Fishery, call for outdoor seating, valet parking and docking for nine boats on the Loxahatchee River. A 23-seat outdoor cabana would have a view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
“It would be good to fill a vacant space and give consumers another place to go. But we must consider parking, public safety and environmental factors such as seagrass when we look at the proposal,” Councilman Ilan Kaufer said.
A connection to Riverwalk, the town’s 2.4-mile pedestrian/bicycle waterfront path from Ocean Way to the Jupiter Inlet, is planned. The boats would be allowed to dock for up to four hours. The slips would not be available for lease.
“People come from across the state of Florida to visit the inlet and the lighthouse, and our project is designed to build upon the culture of the area and bring people together,” said Bjarne Borg, co-founder of Stockholm-based Index Investment Co., which owns the building.
Plans call for establishing Index Investment’s North American headquarters on the second floor.
The same restrictions for Jupiter Inlet Restaurant that apply to new outdoor A1A restaurants on the Kempe property and Lighthouse Cove Mini-Golf were proposed by the town’s planning and zoning commission. The commission recommended approval last month.
Those restrictions include requiring outdoor seating to close at midnight. Service could continue indoors. No outdoor live music would be allowed without a special event permit.
Property owners want a waiver that would allow 350 seats. Town code allows 75.
In addition, the town requires 188 parking spaces; the plan calls for 153. The 35 spaces will be made up through a shared parking plan with nearby commercial property, the plan states.
To view the plan, visit jupiter.fl.us