A new city ordinance, an amendment that originated from Dallas’ Quality of Life committee, poses a threat to local bars and restaurants that currently have open patio seating. “This is big, bad stuff. It would have a major effect on restaurants with patios,” says Buddy Cramer, owner of the Katy Trail Ice House.
This new ordinance would force establishments with patios to add additional parking. The city, right now, only counts covered space in a restaurant when determining how much parking they need, and not open patio seating. Cramer says this new ordinance would force him to build an additional $2 million parking garage.
City Council member Mark Clayton was the first to propose the amendment, after discovering many patrons would park in surrounding neighborhoods, something that he says breaks one of the “10 commandments. Thou shall not park in the neighborhood.” His only goal is to find a solution that has both the interests of the neighborhoods and surrounding areas.
Cramer believes since the patios are not always in use, especially during cold or rainy seasons, they should not factor into required parking. He told Culture Map, “If it rains or if it’s wintertime, there’s no one on the patio. Katy Trail has been open since 2011, and we are never full on parking as it is. I’m probably one of the few that could do something like build a parking garage, but most places would just say, ‘No more patio.'”
Via Culture Map