|Mac's Pizza Pub may be one of the Cold Spring restaurants helped by the mayor's executive order to ease outdoor dining restrictions as they prepare for partial reopening May 22.|
By Robin Gee, city council beat editor
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recently announced restaurants across the commonwealth can begin to open up for business once again starting May 22. Cautious reopening guidelines focus on outdoor dining and some indoor seating with proper safety measures in place.
To help clear the way and support local restaurants as they gear back up for business, Cold Spring Mayor D. Angelo Penque issued an executive order suspending any city zoning prohibitions regarding outdoor dining for the duration of the state of emergency orders.
"I was encouraged when Governor Beshear announced the reopening of Cold Spring’s restaurants," the mayor said. "I know that closure of our valued business citizens has caused great financial harm. While zoning is important, emphasis throughout this Covid19 pandemic is public health, which is not limited personal health, but also business health. Allowing Cold Spring’s restaurants their greatest opportunity for recovery is just as important as all other measures that have been taken."
Executive Order 20-07 removed the city’s current zoning prohibitions on outdoor dining with the exception that in areas where outdoor dining had not been permitted under the city zoning ordinance, business must conclude by 10 p.m. each day to prevent disruption for nearby residents.
Cold Spring restaurant owners have said they are pleased with the move and appreciate getting the news in advance of opening so that they can prepare.
Harvey Germain, owner of Mac’s Pizza Pub, said "Angelo’s executive order being issued in advance, will allow myself and all other Cold Spring restaurants to put plans in place so we can utilize outdoor dining on May 22. To say this has been a trying time is an understatement, but it is great to be in a city that treats its businesses, just like its residents, with a focus on helping and protecting. I thank Mayor Penque for his continued leadership. I also ask everyone to not only patronize my restaurant, but all Cold Spring’s great restaurants. We are all in this together."
In his executive order, Penque encouraged the Northern Kentucky Health Department to work with area restaurants as they begin their recovery.