- Paris Flash
- Real Estate
By CHARLES RICHARDS
The Skinny Grille restaurant at 134-136 Clarksville St. in downtown Paris was issued a “Certificate of Appropriateness” on Monday from the Historic Preservation Commission for new signage noting the establishment’s change in name to the Cattle Drive Steakhouse.
The restaurant two blocks east of the Plaza will officially take on the new name on Friday.
The restaurant has changed its menu to add more steak items, and the new name will better reflect that, the owner said. There’s no change of ownership.
It’s the new sign — not the new name — that requires the commission’s approval, commission chairman Arvin Starrett says.
“It has nothing to do with the name, it has to do with the signage — the format, color, texture, size, and so forth,” Starrett told eParisExtra.com.
“When there’s a change in the signage, the city’s sign ordinance requires a sign permit, and the ordinance further states that in the Historic District, a sign permit cannot be issued unless there is a Certificate of Appropriateness from the historic Preservation Commission first,” Starrett said.
“So, it’s a matter that there’s a change in appearance in their signage that has nothing to do with the change in their name. They can call it whatever they want to, but the sign has to meet the design standards of the Historic District, as well as meet the size mandates of both the design standards as well as the sign ordinance.”
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