Nicky Rottens Wins New Round, But Rules Could Apply to Other Eateries

Outdoor dining will continue at the popular restaurant, but conditions attached to its permit will continue and may be extended to other restaurants on the block.

The City Council has reissued a permit for that allows them to serve food outdoors for the next 18 months.

The Tuesday vote was 4-1, with Councilwoman Barbara Denny opposing the extension.

It was a small victory for . They are a small, but vocal group, and have repeatedly presented the council with a litany of complaints.

“It’s really horrible situation,” nearby resident Elaine Fenwick said. Others told of drunks sleeping it off in their front yards, cars blocking their driveways, noise and disorderly conduct.

“None of the residents want to live there anymore,” another resident, Steve Rauber said.

At least one neighbor disagreed.

Sam Spencer, who moved into the Landing condominium complex 15 years ago said, “Nicky and the other restaurants are the best thing to have happened at the end of town.”

He also advised the council to filter what they were being told about the complaints; he said there was an orchestrated campaign to put the restaurant out of business.

“I’ve been solicited with talking points to come here to complain,” he said.

The anti-Nicky Rottens contingent weren’t the only ones with complaints. Restaurant owner Tim Aaron had a few of his own.

“We are the only restaurant subject to six-months review. We are the only restaurant under surveillance by the Assistant City Manager [Tom Ritter].” Aaron said.

For the past year Ritter has conducted spot checks to make sure the restaurant was complying with conditions in its encroachment permit. There were three minor issues, according to Ritter’s reports; all were corrected.

Aaron also lashed out at the conditions, which he claims were agreed to under protest, to allow him to open his business. He now calls them “unreasonable demands that make it difficult to operate.”

“We ask this time that you treat Nicky Rottens just like any other business,” he told the council.

On that point, members agreed, but perhaps not in the way Aaron had hoped.

In voting to reissue the encroachment permit, Councilwoman Carrie Downey and Councilman Mike Woiwode expressed interest in imposing similar conditions on other restaurants with outdoor service.

“Some restrictions help to keep the noise down,” Downey said.

Woiwode asked that the city look into including conditions for other restaurants on the block when their encroachment permits come up for review in January.

Those restaurants include ,  and .

There was also evidence that the council was losing patience with the opponents.

Downey reminded them that at one time there three bars on the block, catering to the Navy: “One for chiefs, one for enlisted and one for officers. All were far more rowdy then what is there now.”

There wasn’t even much sympathy for the residents' parking woes. “Street parking is public, not private parking for people who live there,” Councilman Al Ovrom told them.

“If you have somebody parked across they driveway, call the police, have them towed. Otherwise they have as much right to park there as you do.” 


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Captain Coronado July 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
As usual, Gloria Tierney has misrepresented the facts in order to promote the City Councils' wishes over their own constituents wishes. The City Council has continually promoted the business interest of Nicky Rottens over the wishes of the neighbors who live in and around that part of town. They have bent or broken all the requirements they have placed on this restaurant and continue to ignore their own municiple code book. It is my understanding that the owners of Nicky Rottens have threatened to "kill" certain neighbors, which has led to restraining orders being issued by the courts. And then you have Tim Aaron (owner) crying foul that he is being singled out by having to follow conditions he agreed to in order to get his permits, now claiming that it is unfair. But what do expect from a guy who takes peoples money to fix their credit, but then never does.(Check out Tims Aarons' company Fidelity Debt Solution) Its time for this this City to stop supporting a business run by such loathsome owners!!!!
Helen Murphy July 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Nicky Rottens and all the other new restaurants are a breath of fresh air for this end of Coronado. I was born and raised here and after the ferry left, this end of Orange was just dead! I love how it is full of life & people! It is sad that Nicky Rotten's has been subjected to so many restrictions! One of my daughters went there with her two little boys aged 3 & 5 for hamburgers and were told they would not be able to even use the bathrooms due to the City Council restrictions, so she had to take them down to the FireHouse restaurant, that is ridiculous! Helen - resident of First St., Coronado
KC July 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I'm with Helen. I love having dining opportunities at both ends of town. I walk down that block frequently with my dog, at various times of the day and night, and I don't notice that Nicky's is any louder than any other establishment on that block. I agree that it is probably difficult to please both residents and restaurant owners who are in close proximity, and nobody wants anybody passing out in their yard. However, I don't think you can single out one establishment as being the problem. I also recall that when Island Sports & Spirits was there, it was considerably louder, often with a much rougher crowd loitering on that corner. Good luck, Nicky's.


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