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Proposed fee for Manchester restaurants interested in hosting al fresco dining

Manchester aldermen will vote on renewing outdoor dining for the summer, but restaurants may have to pay to participate. A committee of aldermen recommended a third summer of downtown outdoor dining this week. The economic development director said businesses would have to pay if their facility took up public parking spaces. “A fair way for restaurants to use public property in a taxpayer-friendly way here in Manchester,” said the Alderman Will Stewart The fee would be $420 per parking space for the entire season if approved Boards and Brews said they would be willing to pay the proposed fee Manager Michael Harper said customers like being outside when the weather is nice.”We have a good space here, but our table space is limited and we are a sit-only type of place,” Harper said. went well last summer, other than a few bumps in the road.”People are starting to come back more and more,” Harper said. “Hopefully there will be more permanent installations, and maybe be even stretch out a little.” The aldermen are due to vote on the proposal on April 19.

Manchester aldermen will vote on renewing outdoor dining for the summer, but restaurants may have to pay to participate.

A committee of aldermen recommended a third summer of downtown outdoor dining this week. The director of economic development said businesses would have to pay if their facility takes up public parking spaces.

“Now that they’re back to 100 per cent, we thought that putting in place a very modest fee of essentially a third of what you see in Portsmouth is a fair way for restaurants to use the public property of a taxpayer-friendly way here Manchester,” Alderman Will Stewart said.

The fee would be $420 per parking space for the entire season if approved.

Boards and Brews said they would be willing to pay the proposed fee. Manager Michael Harper said customers like to be outside when the weather is nice.

“We have a good space here, but our table space is limited and we’re a sit-only type of place,” Harper said.

Harper said outdoor dining went well last summer, aside from a few bumps in the road.

“People are starting to come back more and more,” Harper said. “Hopefully there will be more permanent installations, and maybe even expand a bit.”

Aldermen are due to vote on the proposal on April 19.

Richard Dement

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