Mercantile building may become entertainment district

Friday, June 07, 2019

Beatrice’s Mercantile Building at 310 Court Street may soon become Nebraska’s first indoor entertainment district.

Entertainment districts refer to a common area where eating and drinking are allowed, such as the Railyard in Lincoln, and the Aksarben Village and Capitol District in Omaha.

The Mercantile Building currently houses Stone Hollow Brewery, Smoke and Fire Cigars and a boutique called The Gorgeous Hanger. Current zoning ordinances only allow alcoholic beverages in the brewery, meaning patrons can’t carry their drinks while looking at the other stores.

City Attorney Abby Stark said a solution to this would be to have the building, owned by Hydo Properties, apply to be an entertainment district. Stark and City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer would then tour the building and decide what locations are considered the commons area, such as the hallways, shared bathrooms and outdoor patio.

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