After a tense few months during which Mission club Brick and Mortar Music Hall faced tight restrictions from the city as a result of neighbors' noise complaints, concerns appear to have abated. On Tuesday, the city's Entertainment Commission eased its more stringent conditions on Brick and Mortar, allowing the club to remain open until 12:30 a.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. It may also now bring its sound levels up to 90 dB.
The changes come after owner Jason Perkins spent nearly $50,000 and 18 months fixing the club's soundproofing apparatus, according to today's Examiner.
"I think you've done a really good job," Entertainment Commissioner Audrey Joseph told Perkins during Tuesday's meeting.
Brick and Mortar had become the target of neighbors' ire, as noise from the club's late-night rock 'n' roll shows traveled around the vicinity, especially into apartments on nearby Woodward Street. In May, the Entertainment Commission imposed special restrictions on the club's permit, limiting sound to 80 dB and forcing it to close by 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and 12:30 p.m. on weekends.
But yesterday, Woodward neighbors came out to praise the improvements the club has made, which include lowering the ceiling around the stage and building a sound shell inside.
"I rarely hear anything," said neighbor Elexandria Deitz. "There have been significant improvements in sound."