Every year, it seems al fresco dining becomes an issue in the city, with businesses clamoring for sidewalk/outdoor tables and some residents/city officials complaining about noise; most of those complaints have been alleviated by imposed time restraints on outdoor licenses.
To secure an outdoor license – legally, at least – businesses need to go before the License Commission. One of the intriguing things has been a steady stream of businesses requesting outdoor seating so early in the year: In the past, it hasn’t been unusual to see requests come in during a July meeting with summer half over; a huge problem if the License Commission delays a vote for any reason.
Next week alone, three businesses-1001 Hookah Nights on Pleasant Street, Mahoney’s on Park Avenue, and Emerald Isle(which has started building a deck) are on the agenda for either outdoor seating or patio seating.
To date, we have heard no vocal neighbor protests.