Priority Public House expansion gets green light

Leucadia restaurant Priority Public House can add an outdoor patio and food truck, the Encinitas Planning Commission unanimously decided July 17.

Planning Commissioners said neighbors have protested other Highway 101 restaurants expanding, but not in this case.

“Frankly, I expected some pushback from the neighbors to the west,” Planning Commissioner Glenn O’Grady said. “But there wasn’t any. So you must be a good neighbor.”

“I think it’s phenomenal to see a local business thriving,” Planning Commissioner Greg Drakos said.

Priority Public House, at 576 N. Coast Highway 101, plans to add a 495-square-foot patio and 200-square-foot food truck, which will remain in place, just behind the patio.

Brian McBride, owner of the American style gastropub, said the food truck will serve as another kitchen to keep up with patrons’ orders. It will be designed and positioned in such a way that it eliminates noise and odor, he added.

A noise study from Rincon Consultants found the expansion won’t “increase the existing sound pressure level or have an adverse effect on neighboring residential uses,” according to a city staff report.

Live music won’t be allowed on the patio, a condition of approval. Also, food truck and patio hours will be limited from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Three public speakers voiced support for the expansion.