Maxim’s appeal denied and an attorney on the meaning of today

In the end, the City Council this evening voted 7-0 to deny Maxim’s restaurant’s appeal for a permit to allow live music and dancing, a decision the Brookside restaurant said will force it to close.


Overwhelming opposition from Brookside residents won them over, council members said.


There was near the hearing’s end some fun between Councilwoman Leslie Baranco Martin and Maxim’s attorney David LeBeouf. They were talking about the meaning of an advertisement for Top 40 hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today.


“That would mean Top 40 hits from today, which means current top hits,” Martin said. “And it means that you’re talking about a crowd of folks in their 20s or 30s or younger.”


LeBeouf said, “Yes, and it does say ‘and today.’ And I don’t really know what the meaning of ‘today’ is.”


The crowd erupted and LeBeouf explained himself (There are Top 40 hits for different kinds of music, he said, and the point is that Maxim’s would not play rap or hip hop).


Not that it mattered. Brookside residents were on their game ahead of the hearing, and it is doubtful Clarence Darrow could have changed the council’s mind.

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