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Former nightclub to become Brazilian steakhouse

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Updated: August 26, 2014 6:32AM



MERRILLVILLE — A new restaurant, Gaucho’s Brazilian Steakhouse and Seafood, plans to open in the building that until recently housed the Voltage adult nightclub.

The board of zoning appeals granted a zoning exception for the restaurant, 1506 E. 83rd Ave., which will be dine-in only and will have seating for 220 and 35 to 40 employees. The owners are Keith and Ken Louis.

“The restaurant will take up 6,000 square feet on the east side of the building. ... If all goes well, they will occupy the west side as a banquet hall in the future,” zoning director Dorinda Gregor said.

Gregor said the restaurant will be open seven days a week — from 11 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends.

The BZA also granted a zoning exception to Chicago-based Bravo Properties for an affordable-living center for seniors, provided the developer receives plan commission approval to subdivide the four-acre lot into two lots. Gregor said there will be 125 personal rooms in a three-story building, 343 E. 90th Drive.

Bravo had requested a deferral on the subdivision at the last plan commission meeting, saying it needed more time to ensure that the development didn’t cause any water issues for residents of the nearby Broadfield subdivision.

Town Councilman Shawn Pettit, D-6th, who also chairs the plan commission, has said he would not vote for the project unless he was assured by the town’s engineers, Robinson Engineering, that the development wouldn’t adversely affect Broadfield residents.

Bravo official Zach Leonard has said the center would provide assisted living with nursing assistance. He said residents would need to have at least one issue, such as having trouble taking medications, to qualify but wouldn’t need the amount of care at a nursing home level.



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