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The Charlottesville City Council has declined to give an area restaurateur a permit for live music at his restaurant.
In a 4-to-1 vote, the city council declined to approve the special-use permit for the Black Market Moto Saloon on East Market Street on the grounds it was not a harmonious use of existing patterns within a neighborhood as outlined in the city's comprehensive plan, and that recent sound tests do not reflect reality.
Recent sound tests showed the restaurant's live entertainment registered 60 to 65 decibels, well short of the city limit of 75 decibels for legal live entertainment.
Restaurant owner Matteus Frankovich is upset with the decision.
Frankovish says live entertainment is a vital part of a restaurants survival in the first year, but says the Black Market Moto Saloon will be around for its customers in the weeks and months ahead.
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