Vault gets nod for out­door din­ing, new pa­tio, awnings

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

YARDLEY BOR­OUGH – The sault Brew­ing Com­pany has the go ahead to move for­ward with its plans for out­door din­ing.

col­low­ing a con­di­tional use hear­ing that ex­tended over two meet­ings, bor­ough coun­cil on March 19 voted to let the Cain brothers cre­ate an out­door din­ing area with a deck and per­gola be­tween the sault and Yardley Jewel­ers and to add awnings to the out­side of the build­ing.

James and John Cain opened the sault in 2012 at 10 South Main Street in­side the former Bank of Amer­ica build­ing af­ter ren­o­vat­ing the in­side of the build­ing.

With coun­cil’s nod, The sault joins a grow­ing list of eater­ies in the bor­ough with per­mis­sion to have out­door din­ing - the Yardley Inn, Canal Street Grille, The Con­ti­nen­tal Tav­ern and Rosa Tra­to­ria Bianca as eater­ies that of­fer cus­tomers the op­tion of din­ing out­side.

James Cain, who has been work­ing with coun­cil and RWKHU ERURuJK RI­fiFLDOV IRU OHVV than three months on the plan, said he hopes that the out­door din­ing area will be open for busi­ness in June or July. He plans on hav­ing 30 seats and 14 ta­bles lo­cated on the deck and cov­ered by a per­gola.

Cain said it “feels great” nRw WKDW KH KDV WKH RI­fiFLDO nod of ap­proval from bor­ough coun­cil. “It’s been a long proFHVV VLnFH wH fiUVW GHVLJnHG the space,” he said af­ter the meet­ing.

“It’s great to know that the bor­ough is be­hind us and that we have the sup­port of our con­tin­ued growth and ex­pan­sion in this way,” Cain said.

He said busi­ness is great at the sault. “We’re try­ing to in­crease the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence and add value,” he said.

The His­tor­i­cal Ar­chi­tec­tural Re­view Board (HARBF rec­om­mended that coun­cil ap­prove the Cain’s ap­pli­ca­tion, but did not fa­vor adding the dome­like awnings above the win­dows.

“We are in an his­toric bank build­ing and they wanted to see that pre­served,” Cain said of HARB’s de­ci­sion.

But Cain said the sun­light stream­ing through the win­dows makes it un­com­fort­able for pa­trons to sit in some ar­eas of the brew house at cer­tain times of the day.

Main Street at­tor­ney Tom CDGwDOODGHU, wKRVH RI­fiFH LV near The sault build­ing on the same side of the street, said he un­der­stands the need to block the sun­light not­ing that in an­other build­ing on South Main Street it feels like you’re in a green­house.

Cad­wal­lader pointed out that the nearby Yardley Pizza has had awnings for years.

The awnings at the sault, he said, “will look really great … They will look very nice for Yardley.”

The sault build­ing is on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Build­ings, like oth­ers in the bor­ough.

Cain equpped came with to coun­cil re­search he had done on awnings in other his­toric dis­tricts. He showed color pic­tures of other banks in his­toric dis­tricts, in­clu­dine one lo­cated in Washington, D.C.

Coun­cil­man Mike Rut­tle, the chair­man of the Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, voiced sup­port for the awnings.

“This is an his­toric build­ing; how­ever, it is be­ing uti­lized as an adapted use.” He said be­cause of the light, pa­trons may be in­con­ve­nienced and have to move to an­other ta­ble.

Rut­tle said that Cain had worked with the bor­ough in good faith.

“There is no in­di­ca­tion that Mr. Cain is try­ing to stretch the rules,” he said.

HARB con­sid­ered the en­tire project’s pro­posed phys­i­cal im­prove­ments: the ad­di­tion of a deck, awning, signs, fenc­ing, chairs, um­brel­las and sand­wich board signs for park­ing. The ap­pli­ca­tion went to the plan­ning com­mis­sion twice for con­cep­tual re­view and to the zon­ing hear­ing board, where four vari­ances were granted.

The sault’s plan calls for an out­door din­ing area on the north side of the build­ing be­tween The sault and its next door neigh­bor, Yardley Jewel­ers.

The zon­ing hear­ing board has al­ready granted vari­ances, in­clud­ing one for the use of A-frame signs to in­di­cate that park­ing is avail­able in the rear of the build­ing, at the Make­fiHOG AJHnFy DW 19 6RuWK 0DLn Street and in But­ton­wood Park near the tot lot play­ground. The sault will have a to­tal of ST park­ing spa­ces, which meets the re­quire­ments.

Mike Mueller, zon­ing of­fiFHU, VDLG WKH nHxW VWHS IRU the Cains is to pre­pare their plans to sat­isfy the bor­ough FRnVWUuFWLRn RI­fiFLDO, wKR UHviews build­ing per­mits for the bor­ough.

“The plans will be more de­tailed and struc­turally-ori­ented than what was pre­vi­ously submitted,” Mueller said. “They’re ready to go to cred Khun for his re­view as the FRnVWUuFWLRn RI­fiFLDO.”

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