By: Renee Grant

A concert venue owned by one-half of our Philly fave duo is suing the New York town of Pawling due to measures they’ve taken to reduce the occupancy level of the space from 318 to 198. Daryl’s House would be forced to close should the level drop, the suit states.

Daryl Hall‘s venue is in the midst of plans to build an outdoor stage, with negotiations still ongoing. The lawsuit filed on March 17th, alleges that the town “improperly placed a moratorium on the application for the outdoor concerts until such time as Daryl’s House acquiesced to the wrongful and illegal reduced occupancy edict.”

If the lawsuit successfully prevents the town from altering the occupancy levels, the plans for the outdoor stage addition can continue as planned.

William Sayegh, attorney for Daryl’s House, says the suit stems from a Notice of Violation-Order to Remedy issued to the venue in early March. The order claimed, among other things that the venue’s headcount was over capacity when the site was visited by the town building and zoning administrator and fire marshal.

The lawsuit claims that over the course of negotiations for the venue addition, the town has sought to reduce their occupancy which would effectively close the doors of the venue. One main issue for the outdoor stage being delayed has been about the parking capacity of the space, with the original notice citing vehicles creating illegal obstructions in the parking lot.

The plans for the stage were first announced in February of 2016, and it could be quite a while before the case is resolved.

In the meantime, we’ve got the HoagieNation Music Festival from Daryl Hall & John Oates to look forward to this Memorial Day Weekend!


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