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Save Live Music on Rainey St!

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January 9, 2011 Dear Rainey Street Patrons, This letter is a request for action and support from you, the patrons who gather on Rainey Street. Please come to the City Council meeting and voice your support on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 4:00PM. It has been a pleasure taking care of your food, drink and entertainment service. The growth we’ve experienced over the past year and a half is due largely to high-quality customers like you who faithfully support and promote our business. I immediately saw the potential on Rainey Street when I drove through your neighborhood in December of 2008. This historic neighborhood looked like it had fallen on hard times and needed some fresh investment to help in its regrowth. The neighborhood was already Commercial Business District (CBD) zoned. I brought my vision and confidence to the neighborhood and opened Lustre Pearl in April of 2009, a time when other investors were hesitant to bring business into your neighborhood to boost an economic revitalization. Since then we have grown, and the old Rainey Street has a fresh vibrancy. While growing Rainey Street, we have always followed the rules, complied with the city, and tried very hard to be a good neighbor. We have earned and kept our clientele by paying attention to detail, demanding excellence, and providing the quality service that you have come to expect from Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, and Bar 96. As a small entrepreneur, I incorporated Austin’s fun and intriguing character into the design and upkeep of our bars. Our quality business in your neighborhood is at risk due to the concern of other neighbors about the Outdoor Music Venue (OMV) permit Lustre Pearl applied for and received. I want to keep in mind the interests of the people within the 600 foot radius noted in the guidelines for this permit while also increasing my investment in your neighborhood. While some are concerned that by offering live music, we will attract too many guests, but the size of the crowd at Lustre Pearl will not change, as the Austin Fire Marshall has already established capacity limits for this business. We are more than happy to work with the DANA association and other neighborhood associations to do what we can to come up with a fair and amicable solution. I would like to ask for you again to give us your support by coming to the City Council at 4:00pm, Thursday, January 13, 2011 meeting and speaking out in favor of the Rainey Street revitalization. We appreciate your continued trust and business, and we’ll keep working hard to give you the outstanding service you have come to expect of us. Thanks again for your business and your support. Please feel free to contact myself at bridget.dunlap@gmail.com or Scranton Twohey at Scranton.Twohey@gmail.com. Sincerely, Bridget Dunlap Owner of Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar and Bar 96

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