Frank “Ski” Rodriguez, the man behind the proposed upscale Kolor restaurant in Buckhead, and developer Scott Selig were praised by Peachtree Park representatives for their efforts working with the neighborhood, but Neighborhood Planning Unit B (NPU-B) voted Jan. 6 against a liquor license for Kolor.

For at least an hour and a half, radio personality Rodriguez, his attorney and Selig pleaded their case of meeting every legal requirement for the license and going above and beyond in working with the neighborhood.

They sat through 45 minutes of NPU-B Safety Committee discussions of their application for 3275 Peachtree Road. They then sat through 30 to 40 minutes of discussion by the full NPU-B board.

The main issue is that Kolor, a 15,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment facility, would be below and behind the new Orvis store in the Buckhead Square center and would have a front door facing a large parking deck and the backyards of Peachtree Park homes.

Now the neighborhood is reviewing a formal “code of conduct” that Rodriguez suggested be adopted as part of the liquor license and be presented to City Council to be applied to future liquor license applications.

After all the NPU discussion, the board voted 12-6, with four abstentions, to recommend denial of the liquor license. But the board urged Rodriguez and Selig to return for reconsideration after the code of conduct is complete and before the application goes before the city’s Liquor Review Board.

In other action, the full NPU-B board approved a zoning variance application for Grand China restaurant relating to a reduction in the required number of parking spaces. The restaurant needs the variance to move from 2975 Peachtree Road to a brick home-style structure at 2905 Peachtree Road. (See the full story at www.reporternewspapers.net.)

— John Schaffner