After a lengthy public debate, the Newport Beach Planning Commission voted last week to approve the remodeling and expansion plans for Malarky's Irish Pub.
But commissioners added a restriction that might make it unfeasible, the bar's owner said.
After a series of motions, the commission voted to allow the expansion, but to limit the bar's occupancy between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.
The time condition perplexed some of those involved in the debate, including the bar's owner, Mario Marovic. He said that he was considering appealing the decision because it could force him to kick out about 70 people at 11 p.m.
"This is a pretty serious operational constraint, and we'll have to determine if it's doable," he said.
The renovated bar on Newport Boulevard would have a new 565-square-foot sit-down dining room, an enclosed patio on the north side of the building, and large signs on the front and sides.