Saturday, April 1, 2017

Despite concerns, Plattsburgh OKs outdoor dining again

Last summer's sidewalk scene (Fox44 file photo)
From the Press-Republican
City of Plattsburgh councilors approved another season of outdoor dining in the downtown area, but not without some concerns.

"I am concerned about maintaining some standards of aesthetics," Councilor Becky Kasper (D-Ward 5) said at Thursday night's meeting. Kasper mainly addressed a set of artificial vines that were used as sun-blocking devices on top of barriers in front of Irises Cafe and Wine Bar on City Hall Place last year. She said the barriers raised questions as to whether they fit in with the aesthetics of outdoor dining and whether they posed a safety concern by blocking views to the road.

For several years, Irises and five other downtown restaurants have featured outdoor seating in the summer months. Each year, the council must decide whether to approve the use of parking spaces in the street for restaurants to set up concrete barriers to establish seating areas. In addition to four spaces for Irises and the accompanying DeLish by Irises, councilors approved Thursday the use of two spaces each for Aleka's and Hobie's Sports Den on Margaret Street, two for Olive Ridley's on Court Street, two spaces for The Pepper on City Hall Place and one space for Champlain Wine Company on City Hall Place. 
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