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William Jeffrey’s Tavern Tries Again for Outdoor Seating

After having the issue deferred at a previous County Board meeting, William Jeffrey’s Tavern (2301 Columbia Pike) is trying again for more outdoor seating.

Previously, there had been concerns with the restaurant’s outdoor seating along South Adams Street complying with requirements in the Americans with Disbilities Act. That led to the board deferring the issue in April, to allow county staff to work with the restaurant on solutions. At its meeting in May, the County Board approved 18 seats along the restaurant’s Columbia Pike frontage.

The current request involves adding 40 seats near the restaurant, 36 along South Adams Street and four along Columbia Pike. The restaurant has proposed constructing a removable platform to account for the grade change there. Some tables and chairs would be placed on the platform. Handicap accessible seating would be added on the Columbia Pike side.

The restaurant agrees to keep a six foot wide clearance on the sidewalk, and to remove all furniture, including the platform, seasonally.

County staff recommends approval of the outdoor seating plan at the County Board meeting on Saturday, July 21.

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