Bolet can keep the outdoor shed seats until 2022
The owners of Restaurant Bolete got approval this week to Township of Salisbury to keep 10 sheds set up for outdoor dining during the winter and until spring 2022.
Lee Chizmar and Erin Shea appeared before city council on Tuesday zoning hearing board to appeal an August 8 violation notice relating to “10 unauthorized dining / sheds” outside the restaurant at 1740 Seidersville Road.
The board agreed to let the hangars remain in place until June 15, when Bolete would have until September 15 to either remove them or reapply for approval to keep them longer, Shea said. . lehighvalleylive.com.
To accommodate alfresco dining during coronavirus pandemic, Bolete had set up a total of 19 hangars in their parking lot and across the street at the Crossroads Baptist Church. The township in July ordered their removal by the end of the month, before clarifying emergency rules in place due to COVID-19 to say they could stay in place until early August. .
The James Beard Award-nominated restaurant closed on July 31 for kitchen and dining renovations that are still underway, and the owners have appealed the notice of execution to keep only the 10 hangars in their own parking lot.
âThe village of Shed saved us during the worst months of COVID,â Chizmar and Shea posted on Facebook ahead of Tuesday night’s hearing. âIt brought us together as a community with a wave of support and kept us all safe, which is different for all of us. It created a space for people who were scared or not ready to venture into an option and gave us a way to stay alive for a period that we haven’t fully dealt with or recovered from. And we’re not quite ready to let go.
âWe certainly seem to be headed in the right direction, but as a restaurant owner it’s hard (and seemingly irresponsible) not to plan for this winter and the potential (unwanted) hardships. “
After the hearing, the owners of Bolete thanked the township for the unanimous approval to maintain the 10 hangars, for now, as well as their supporters who attended the meeting.
The township did not fine Bolete for the July enforcement notice, zoning council attorney Victor Cavacini said.
“The zoning hearing panel found the situation to be somewhat ambiguous,” he said Wednesday. âIt all depended on emergency declarations, and of course you talk about local, you talk about state, you talk about federal, and it all gets very confusing. “
Salisbury Zoning Officer Kerry Rabold argued that state restrictions on indoor dining were no longer in place, the hangars are not necessary, reported The Morning Call. Collectively, the sheds cost around $ 30,000, according to the report. Rabold did not immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.
Shea and Chizmar hope to reopen after their renovation project by the end of October, according to Bolet’s Facebook page.
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