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February 19, 2013

Patio's existence questioned by village attorney


Niagara Gazette — "We used to put tables and chairs out there like everyone else," he said. "But one day, somebody complained and we were told by the state liquor authority the area had to be enclosed. So we got approval for the patio and spent $5,000 to $6,000 to make the front bigger. We wanted to have something permanent, but it's village property and we can't do that."

Jesella said he is unaware of any additional six month permits issued to the restaurant and said the patio should be taken down.

"No one's trying to shut you down," the attorney told Scibetta. "I'd love to be able to say you can do whatever you want. You just can't do what you want to do, though. You can't."

Members of the Village Board were less fired up about the situation during Tuesday's monthly meeting, expressing a willingness to wait for the restaurant's lawyer to contact Jesella about the patio. Scibetta said contact was supposed to happen Tuesday, but his lawyer got held up in court and couldn't attend the meeting.

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