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Capone's Downtown Speakeasy granted request for outdoor seating

Another business located on the Public Square appeared before the City of Shelbyville Board of Works to get permission to add outdoor seating.

Karen Smith, one of the owners of Capone’s Downtown Speakeasy (photo), located at 1 Public Square, wants to add outdoor seating to the bar and live music venue.

Shelbyville mayor Tom DeBaun, who is one of three members of the Board of Works, toured the outdoor area of Capone’s Friday with other officials to determine what limitations were to be set on outdoor seating at a bar.

DeBaun mentioned Tuesday morning at the Board of Works meeting that the city is working on a set of performance standards for furniture in the downtown area once the renovation process is complete.

In addition, the Redevelopment Commission will deliver a grant to Mainstreet Shelbyville to assist downtown merchants wanting to buy furniture, according to DeBaun.

The plan is to standardize what the downtown area looks like once the $20-plus million dollar renovation project is complete in November.

Capone’s request was granted by the Board of Works, similar to permission granted to Three Sisters Books & Gifts, 7 Public Square, earlier this year.

In other Board of Works business, orders to appear were issued for nuisance properties at 315 E. Franklin St. (owner: Callahan Investment Group, LLC), 145 Walker St. (owner: Rose Marie Roberts) and 329 E. Mechanic St. (owner: Safeguard Capital Partners, LLC).

Also, the owner of a pit bull that bit a Shelbyville police officer at Sunset Park failed to appear for the meeting.

Office Curt Schuman described to the Board of Works that he was called down to Sunset Park and came across a pit bull in a tent “not properly chained up.”

“I didn’t have time to react,” said Schuman, who was bit on the palm of his right hand. He needed medical treatment and is doing well.

The pit bull has been declared vicious after DeBaun and Board of Works member David Finkel visited the dog at the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter.

“We will let the animal shelter take care of the matter now,” said DeBaun.