March 24, 2009 in Editorial
In a move sure to reduce the amount of time the BuyCincy staff spends in MainStrasse this summer, Covington may limit, or even remove outdoor dining in the popular nightspot in an effort to reduce noise.
During a City Commission caucus meeting Tuesday, Fossett and
commissioners were discussing steps the city plans to take to reduce
late-night noise and other problems in MainStrasse.
talked, Fossett noted no establishment in Covington – restaurant or bar
- now has a permit to have outdoor dining in 2009, because the city
hasn’t issued any yet.
We admit that the scene in MainStrasse can be a bit overwhelming at times, but limiting outdoor seating is not the answer.
MainStrasse’s outdoor dining scene brings a vitality to the neighborhood seen all too rarely in this area (and many other cities). The weekends bring an enormous amount of visitors to the MainStrasse area, and the immense summer crowds speak to the reason why this area is so popular – being able to enjoy the city in the outdoors. This is an area where many locally-owned businesses bring their panache into the public sphere, and we believe Covington is better for it.
So, we say let us enjoy our Chez Nora outside and let the people seeking a beer in the open air quench their thirst. Because if you want a truly quiet entertainment district, there is only one way to achieve it: close it down.
Via the “Keep MainStrasse’s Outdoor Seating” facebook group: For those interested, tonight (3/24) at 7pm, the Covington city commissions will meet on this issue.