With the help of customers who are in the construction business, and pending the city’s approval, Buster’s Southern BBQ could reopen as soon as Saturday.

The popular restaurant at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue was forced to close Sept. 7, when city building inspectors found a violation to the outdoor patio and music pavilion currently under construction on the property.

According to city building official Brad Cannon, the arbor was higher than original plans called for, creating a public hazard, and construction was ordered to stop.

Buster's owner Charles Davis filed an appeal with the planning department, and has worked quickly with architects and engineers to adjust the construction and lower the arbor back to the original 12 feet.

Cannon said the city will be reviewing the engineer’s report, and if approved, the restaurant could open as soon as Saturday. If not, Davis will have to tear down the structure and start over.

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Davis says his restaurant is becoming more popular for its live jazz and blues music, and he is building the outdoor patio to accommodate the live music. However, he is also aware that sound can travel, and said he has been working with a sound engineer to design the walls of the patio to mitigate the noise so as not to upset neighbors.

“I went to quite an expense to control the sound. I wanted to get ahead of the game, and they (the city) did not agree with that,” Davis said.

To bring the arbor back down to code, Davis called a few of his regular customers who are in the construction business.

“When I said ‘I need you’ they dropped everything. There were 15 people working here at 8 a.m. today. That’s how much they believe in me,” Davis said. “They said ‘we’re going to take care of you’ and they are. I must have done something right; I am very blessed and fortunate.”

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You can reach Cynthia Sweeney at csweeney@weeklycalistogan.com or 942-4035.


The Weekly Calistogan Editor

Cynthia Sweeney has been editor of The Weekly Calistogan since July, 2018. Previously, she was a reporter for the St. Helena Star, and North Bay Business Journal. She also spent a significant amount of time freelancing in Hawaii.