New fee for streateries should be considered | Letter to the Editor


Last updated 12/9/2021 at 6:45pm

The fate of the streateries, put in place for “COVID-safety and restaurant survival,” has yet to be decided.

I can attest that the strong advocacy for extending their sunset date is a mismatch for the empty streateries I’ve seen since the weather turned, passing them, as I do, up to three times a day. Often the same places with empty streateries have empty sidewalk dining too!

A few streateries are busy. By my count, three or four of the 17.

The sales tax numbers tell us it’s no longer about restaurant survival. Or even about COVID safety, with so much empty sidewalk and patio seat...

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