Out­side din­ing at eatery OK’d

The Covington News - - NEWS - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

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.

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