The restaurant had to reduce its occupancy inside to allow for 60 additional seats outside without needing to install more restroom facilities, Morello said. Prior to adding outdoor seating, Brasserie 28 was already permitted for 135 occupants, between seated guests and those occupying standing room space.
“We only have about 75 seats total in the restaurant, but when you take the calculation, just the total space when you calculate for fire code, it comes out to 135,” he said. “We had to take a reduction in the total amount of seats by 15.”
Meanwhile, Yella Grille will use two parking spaces on the privately owned road to set up six four-seat tables, Michael Morris, an attorney representing the restaurant said.
The Board of Selectmen also had to take special votes to recognize that neither Brasserie 28 or Yella Grille are “detrimental to the educational or spiritual use of churches” since they both fall within 500 feet of two downtown-based houses of worship, according to Murphy.
Between the three restaurants, a total of 104 seats will be established on Main Street and Post Office Avenue.
Because Brasserie 28 and Yella both serve alcohol, both restaurants must have their seats fenced or barricaded off in some way, and they must prohibit alcohol from either entering or leaving the seating areas, as required by the license.
With the approval now heading before the ABCC, Morello said he’s not certain when he’ll be able to start offering outdoor dining. Yella Grille is facing the same process, co-owner Danielle Berdahn anticipates will about six to eight weeks to complete.