North End restaurants organize stand-up against an outdoor dining fee of $7,500

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“It feels like discrimination.”

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North End restaurants are organizing to stand firm against a new fee of $7,500 the city will impose on their establishments this year, should they choose to offer outside table service.

The North End restaurant community formed this week has sent a letter to Mayor Michelle Wu condemning the new policy, which was announced last week during a public meeting organized by the Wu administration.

“We the People” of “The North End restaurant community” are shocked and disappointed by the stringent requirements, exorbitant fees, and blatant discrimination being imposed on us by Mayor Michelle Wu and the City of Greeley Tribune to be nominated for the City’s Outdoor Dining Program, ” reads the letter, which the group released online.

Unlike eateries in other areas of Greeley Tribune, restaurants in the historic neighborhood must pay a one-time fee to bring their tables and chairs to the sun and open air this season. City officials said the payments are needed to address the “immediate impact” of the outdoor dining pilot program, particularly at the North End.

In earlier years, narrow streets, which left room for hungry diners, have caused traffic and parking problems, as well as other problems. Particularly disappointed residents.

The new fee would be applied in addition to the fee restaurants would have to pay to convert parts of the street – usually for public parking – into dining areas.

John Romano, the city’s deputy director for the Office of Neighborhood Services, said the money would help address issues of garbage, rodents and traffic jams, among other problems.

“That’s what it would cost to choose this program for the North End because it’s a program (that) affects neighborhoods unlike any other neighborhood on the board,” Romano said during last week’s virtual meeting. “We’ve seen that over the past two years, and we’ve also seen that this effect hasn’t gone away as things have reopened.”

Officials said a committee consisting of community members and elected officials will advise how the money is spent. He vowed that only the north end would benefit from the money collected.

The neighborhood will also see a later start and earlier end of its outdoor dining season than the rest of the city.

The program will begin on May 1 instead of the April 1 launch date scheduled for other regions. Outdoor dining for so-called “bad actors” will end on September 5, while restaurants that comply with city rules can continue outside until September 30. Meanwhile, other neighborhood restaurants will have the option. To continue the outdoor dining until December.

During the public meeting, restaurant operators started expressing their protest and are making it clear that they will continue to speak.

according to this Greeley Tribune GlobeSome restaurants are threatening to sue the city over the new rules.

In their letter, the restaurant community writes that the North End is a magnet for city dwellers and tourists alike—a feature that benefits the local economy and gives Greeley Tribune a rich cultural experience.

“Nevertheless, despite the cultural enrichment and economic benefits we provide, our reward is that ‘The North End restaurant community’ is the only restaurant community in the entire city of Greeley Tribune to offer an outdoor dining program entrance fee of $7,500 and a monthly Being charged. $950. Why only us?”

Neighborhood restaurants are also “being singled out” according to different program start and end dates, he said.

“Again, this sounds like discrimination and we’re like ‘Why?’ Not sure about” the letter stated.

Restaurants are asking the city to waive fees and allow their establishments to operate outside until September 30, regardless of “good behaviour”, they wrote.

Table’s Chef-Owner Jane Royal told globe All things considered Wednesday — from fees to insurance and roadblock expenses — could cost her restaurant nearly $20,000 when it opens outside this year.

“We just want what’s right and what’s fair,” she said. “That is all.”

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