When it comes to lowering the occupancy limit at his New York restaurant and live music venue, Hall & Oates singer Daryl Hall can’t go for that.
So much so, in fact, that the singer’s concert venue, Daryl’s House, has filed a lawsuit against Pawling, N.Y., the town in which the business is located.
In the suit, filed last month, the venue claims that the town’s proposed occupancy reduction at the site — down from 318 standees to 198 — would force the business to close, the Associated Press reports. The lawsuit seeks to prevent Pawling from going ahead with that reduction, and comes following a recently given notice that indicated the venue was over capacity.
According to the Wrap, the dispute began as what the lawsuit calls a “blatant and underhanded attempt to thwart” the establishment of an outdoor stage for a music series the venue had been putting together. Plans for that series, the lawsuit states, began in 2015 and were “initially well-received” by the community, with Pawling granting the venue a building permit.
However, after that point, the Wrap reports, the town moved to reduce the venue's occupancy to 198. Daryl’s House had been granted a certificate of occupancy for 318 standees in 2014, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports.
The lawsuit also alleges that Pawling’s reduction in occupancy at the venue “improperly placed a moratorium on the application for the outdoor concerts” Daryl’s House had planned.
“When a town wants to do a change, they have to give you notice of it, allow you to have a hearing on it, and allow you to opportunity to remedy it if you agree,” William Sayegh, the venue’s attorney, told the Wrap. “In this case, the town did not do any of these things.”
Town Supervisor David Kelly told the Poughkeepsie Journal that Pawling is willing to work with the venue, but it must “implement needed updates to its site plan.” The concert venue reportedly has submitted an updated plan to the town.
Daryl’s House is where crews film Live From Daryl’s House, a live music program that has featured performances from artists including Wyclef Jean, Cheap Trick, Kenny Loggins, and Elle King, among others.
Hall, a Pottstown native, launched his career in music with John Oates after the pair met at Temple University in the late 1960s. Hall & Oates signed with Atlantic Records in 1972, releasing their debut album, Whole Oats, that year.
The pair this year will hold the first-ever HoagieNation Festival, which celebrates “all things Philly,” at Festival Pier on May 27.