Following the sooner-than-expected demise of BB’s On Pearl earlier this year, the Phillips are searching for the right tenant to fill their space for a long time to come, and fit the bill smoothly for the surrounding neighborhood. Before they can begin seriously courting a new eatery to take up residence, the Phillips must go before Denver’s Board of Adjustment for Zoning Appeals on January 8 to get approval of a parking plan that would compensate for a deficit of onsite parking, caused when the second floor of their building – previously devoted to apartment rental – was turned into a bar and music room for BB’s. The Phillips have contracted with an office building across Pearl St. for the required spaces, in addition to increasing the number of spots available behind their own building. “We’ve met with the local neighborhood groups and businesses, and think we’ve addressed their concerns,” said Wendy Phillips. But, in addition to addressing the parking needs for 1469 S. Pearl St., Phillips is trying to come to grips with a broader range of issues affecting businesses and neighbors alike. The Old South Pearl St. food service committee would address “alley concerns, signage, noise, employee parking” and other relevant topics from a corridor-wide perspective. Phillips believes such an approach would benefit restaurateurs and residents equally. “We want to create a long-term, problem-solving process through which businesses and residents can work together,” Phillips stated. She hopes both sides can remain patient. “We can’t put all the fires out yet, but we’re building the fire station. Once that’s done, we’ll be much better able to respond to the fires.” As far as potential tenants for the BB’s space, the matter is in limbo until the January hearing. “Until we get a use permit, we don’t have a package to offer,” said Dave Phillips. For information, call 303-669-4960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.