Fox River House late night bands get OK from council

Appleton’s council approved a compromise plan Wednesday to allow night time music at the Fox River House tavern.FRH

The decision was complicated in recent weeks since the tavern at 211 S. Walnut St., is owned by Alderwoman Patti Coenen.

The council approved the plan that will allow the bar to have bands play two nights per week, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

A noise variance was granted until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays or Saturdays. In addition, special event dates on May 17, Aug. 7, Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.

Elizabeth Laux, a neighborhood from Walnut Street, said she was hoping to quiet in the residential neighborhood.

“We don’t want the Fox River House to shut down,” Laux said Wednesday. “I just want to live peacefully in my house.”

Coenen, who abstained from voting or deliberating about the decision, addressed the council Wednesday night.

“My ability to have music on Fridays and Saturday makes June through my September the busiest months for us,” Coenen said. “In order to have the convenience of living in the city I realize I give up the peace and quiet of the countryside.”

— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or npenzenstadler@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @npenzenstadler

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