Outside dining at eatery OK’d
Patrons of Irish Bred Pub at 1115 Church St. in downtown Covington will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages outside the restaurant after a unanimous vote by the Covington City Council earlier tonight.
Jack Philips, owner of the Irish Bred Pub and The Cork Boutique at 1109 Church St., presented the request for his restaurant to the council
Irish Bred Pub is a non-smoking restaurant inside and outside. The addition of outdoor seating on the back sidewalk of the building, on Elm Street, would help better accommodate customers who smoke, Philips said.
While the council unanimously approved the decision, Philips’ second request for The Cork Boutique had a different response.
Philips requested outdoor tastings of beer and wine to be added for his business.
The ordinance specifically allows two-ounce tastings inside the business.
City Attorney Frank Turner said the council would need to consider revising its ordinance to allow for the outdoor tastings.
With Mayor Ronnie Johnston breaking the tie, the council voted 4-3 to allow the city attorneys to work on writing up the ordinance change. The change in ordinance would still require a first and second reading by the council before its official approval.
Vinyl siding ban denied
Councilman Chris Smith made the motion to deny the proposed vinyl ban in the City of Covington. His motion was unanimously approved by the council.
Smith informed the council he had received some phone calls from vinyl representatives about the proposed ban during last week’s council work session.
The proposed ban was originally tabled by the council in its Oct. 3 meeting.