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Tavolo Al Fresco Dining: A Safe Bet

Officials are in favor of the concept to boost Fair Haven business, despite doubters

The weather is fitting for al fresco dining and is all set for it.

Since being approved for Fair Haven’s first shot at a sidewalk café permit, tables and umbrellas are set up outside on, you could say, the side … walk of the eatery.

They’re actually on the side in the alleyway of the popular stop for homemade Italian breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Safety of the placement of the of the outdoor tables was called into question at the most recent meeting Monday night but fears were quickly allayed by Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge.

A resident questioned whether or not the set-up in the small roadway in between the two businesses (consignment shop on the other side) would deter emergency access, if and when it was needed. The small roadway is blocked off with planters and, now, the tables. “No, they’re not a problem,” Breckenridge said. “If we need to, we can just slide them aside. They can be moved pretty easily.”

Whether or not the sidewalk café idea was a sanctioned one, according to borough zoning parameters, was also questioned.

However, officials rebuffed negative notions in favor of promoting borough business. “This is being done through council approval with a permit on a trial basis,” Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said. “If it helps our businesses, it’s beneficial.”

The aim, he added, is to try something like al fresco dining where it is feasible to be accommodated to attract people to Fair Haven’s small businesses and keep them coming back for more.

Tavolo Pronto is open for business between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Give a call and check to see about special dinner hours.

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