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Ogden officials OK change to alcohol rules for outdoor dining areas

By Tim Vandenack - | Oct 21, 2021

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

Table Twenty Five co-owner Jaimie Beuhler, left, prepares an outdoor dining area at the 25th Street locale in Ogden assisted by server Christin Vetter on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. The locale seeks an ordinance change from the city so it can serve alcohol in the outdoor area.

OGDEN — Ogden officials have approved a change expanding the sort of outdoor restaurant dining areas where alcohol may be served.

The change, sought by operators of a new restaurant on Historic 25th Street, Table Twenty Five, lets eateries serve alcohol in unattached outdoor sidewalk dining areas. Table Twenty Five has a dining area on the wide sidewalk in front of its storefront, split from the main restaurant area by a section of sidewalk used by pedestrians.

Ogden already lets restaurants serve alcohol in sidewalk dining areas if they abut the main storefront, but that didn’t extend to locales like Table Twenty Five.

The Ogden City Council voted 6-1 for the change at its meeting Tuesday after little discussion, abiding by a recommendation from the Ogden Planning Commission. Ahead of the vote, Barton Brierley, Ogden’s deputy planning manager, noted that the city’s general plan, which helps guide planning, is designed to encourage development of outdoor dining establishments.

Ogden City Councilperson Doug Stephens was the lone no vote. He expressed concerns about policing such areas.

Changing rules governing alcohol in Ogden can be fraught with complication. Earlier this year, the Ogden City Council passed a measure 4-3 to expand the number of drinking establishments allowable in Ogden’s Central Business District Intensive Zone, change that had been sought by some business operators dating to 2009.

The change sought by Table Twenty Five, however, seemed to generate little controversy.

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