NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Downtown Development Authority approved two applications for temporary outdoor restaurant/bar service area licenses on July 9.

Emma Brewster of Bear & Bee LLC (David’s Delicatessen & Coffee and The False Front) said she was “seeking permission to extend service to the city property directly in front of our building” at 30 North Whittaker St. — a seating area with existing city-owned furniture that may also have a couple of bar-style stools or other furniture they already have added to the mix.

Brewster said the license was being sought to allow serving food and bar service in the public right-of-way and sidewalk area (bar service pending Michigan Liquor Control Commission approval).

It was noted that the city mandates that close time for such businesses is last seating at 10:30 p.m. and service ending at 11 p.m.

“It’s been a crazy time and everything is changing all the time — We’re thrilled that the city has now offered this as an option,” Brewster said.

The request was approved 5-0 (with JV Peacock, Chad Gradowski, Doug Roch, Dee Dee Duhn and Robert Kemper voting yes).

The DDA also OK’d a request for outdoor seating at Jackie’s Cafe, 801 West Buffalo St., by a 5-0 tally.

Owner Jackie Shen said she said the current state rules allow 50 percent capacity inside and 50 percent outside, adding that she has lost about half of normal sales  said they have lost from March to now.

She sought permission to put four tables in front of the building with each having a capacity of 2 to 4 people and expects the additional seating will be needed mainly on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Shen noted that the tables would be brought back inside when not in use.

In other July 9 business, DDA members discussed the installation of new AT&T repeaters to improve signal problems such as dropped calls and/or weak signal that were reported by DDA members with various carriers.

City Manager David Richards said he had been told the company was moving forward with design, adding that new personnel and COVID-19 have slowed process down). He said any plan will have to go to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval

The DDA also voted 5-0 in favor of placing a single post, two-vehicle station charging station at either the parking lot across from the public beach or the parking lot at Barton and Mechanic streets (pending discussion on infrastructure issues by city officials).

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