Yellow Springs approves plans to move forward with Dave Chappelle's comedy club and restaurant.
(Architectural rendering by Max Crome Architecture)
Construction will soon begin for Dave Chappelle’s planned comedy club and restaurant in Yellow Springs. The village planning commission unanimously approved the local comedian's conditional use application on Tuesday, presented by Max Crome, of Crome Architecture, on behalf of Chappelle’s company, Iron Table Holdings, LLC.
The site at 225 Corry St. was previously the Miami Township firehouse, and in homage, Chappelle has dubbed his future restaurant “Firehouse Eatery,” and the attached comedy club, “Live from YS.”
Chappelle appeared before the Commission via Zoom, and emphasized the cultural impact he believes the project would have on the community and the nation.
“The culture of this town is something of global import — I think the way that we treat each other in our community is an example for the rest of the country,” Chappelle said.
Chappelle said he believes the venue will draw entertainers from around the world, despite its relatively small size, and also pointed to the opportunities he intends to offer local artists via the venue.
“I’m not just trying to make a club, I’m trying to make a way,” he said. “I’m trying to make a venue for our local talents to be showcased … so we can shine and be all the great things that we hope to be.”
Located on 16,782 square feet, about a third of an acre, the building will feature a performance space with “intimate seating,” as described by Crome; a full bar and restaurant; and an outdoor patio. The venue will have an estimated capacity of 140 people.
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