Friday, June 15, 2012
The city will allow for more flexibility in negotiating with businesses that want to add outdoor dining in public-owned spaces.
City leaders recently approved an ordinance change that allows restaurants to possibly cordon off outdoor dining areas in public-owned areas. The ordinance was changed after Café Alfresco asked the city to allow the restaurant to extend an awning cover and add fencing to the outdoor dining area situated in the public-owned space at Oak Tree Plaza in April. Should private businesses using public-owned space be allowed to use a perimeter barrier such as a fence? Tell us in the comments. The awning is considered a permanent structure, so it was removed from the ordinance. This keeps business owners from being entitled to the use of awnings, and allows the city some flexibility in negotiating their necessity on a case-by-case basis. Under the…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
After a months-long battle, the downtown restaurant might get to install a protective awning over its outdoor dining area.
After being rebuffed in their attempt to install a larger, retractable awning to fully cover their outdoor patio, employees at Café Alfresco might finally get their wish. The city commission is reconsidering its February ruling in which it upheld a decision to allow improvements to outdoor dining areas, provided the changes are not permanent and the public area can be restored to its original condition. The owners of the popular Main Street eatery have been trying to get the city to allow them to properly shield diners from sun, debris and animals by putting in an awning that will cover the entire outdoor area, as well as install a fence that will prevent patrons from leaving the patio with open containers. “This was part of the deal …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Who do you think has the best outdoor dining in town? Vote for your favorite in our Readers' Choice 2012 poll below.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Summer is here, and everybody's looking for something new to do. What better time to revisit the best local hot spots in Dunedin? Until July 8, we collected nominations for Readers' Choice 2012 in 25 categories, from who has the best happy hour in town to which zoo is the best in the Tampa Bay area. Voting begins July 23 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17. The following poll comes from nominations made by Dunedin Patch users and a few of our suggestions, which include: Don't forget to vote for your other favorites in the other 24 categories, too!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The new area has all the comforts of the fine dining establishment, plus the added bonus of outdoor drinking and dining.
Bon Appetit recently unveiled its new outdoor bar, complete with a spectacular view of the marina and a full food and drink menu. Dubbed In the Loop — the Waterfront Bar at the Bon, the area, which officially opened a few weeks ago, features a full liquor bar, the full restaurant menu, four flat-screen TVs and seating for 24 people. According to General Manager Thomas Riedl, has the bar been a hit with patrons. "The reaction to the bar has been fantastic, better than we even expected," Riedl said. "People keep telling us what a great idea it is; in fact, many have asked what took us so long. "They have also been saying that it looks so natural, like it was always here," he said. "And it really does feel like it has always been here." The …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Owners are having the awning removed today and plan to add tables out front soon.
With more and more Main Street businesses adding outdoor dining to their menus, it only makes sense Trina Cooney, owner of Flanagan’s Irish Pub, would want to get in on the action, too. After all, she already attempted to put tables in front of her establishment five years ago, but was quickly forced to remove them due to code violations, she said. But the combination of a leaky awning and a recent relaxation of the outdoor dining rules led Cooney to readdress her situation with Bob Ironsmith, Dunedin's economic development director, to learn how Flanagan’s could add al fresco dining. “We are the only place in Dunedin without outdoor dining,” Cooney said. “I asked Bob why other restaurants could do it but we couldn’t, and he told me … I …