Alcohol-in-park plan dead

Alcohol at Berry's Restaurant in the park is a dead issue. At least it is for now. The ordinance, proposed by Councilman Bob Carleton, was left at the table Tuesday night.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

Alcohol at Berry's Restaurant in the park is a dead issue. At least it is for now.

The ordinance, proposed by Councilman Bob Carleton, was left at the table Tuesday night.

"There was never a formal vote on it," Councilman Chris Mushett said. "It was up for vote and it died for a lack of a second. Once that was defeated, the resolution had to be defeated. We could not deliver on the alcohol part because it is illegal to serve alcohol in city parks."

Berry's has a lease to serve food in Bresson Park and that practice can continue. "The serving of food in the park is a separate lease," Mushett said.

Restaurant owner Doug Berry has said serving alcohol along with meals in the park would help his business. It was discussed last year, "but we never formally dealt with it because there was no legislation," Mushett said.

"(Law Director) Stu O'Hara is looking at a way to put together other legislation. If there is new legislation the process will be brought up all over again," Mushett said.

"We have a work session Tuesday and it is possible if he brings something to us it could go back on the agenda for the July 10 meeting. If he has something council has the option 'do we want to put it on the agenda or do we not?'"

Comments

harold r myers ...

glad to see this went down their is enough places to get alcohol in norwalk you dont need it in a park just asking for problems you dont need

Joe F (Anonymous)

As a fellow restauranteur, why did Councilman-At-Large Bruce Wilde not recuse himself on this issue? If the serving of alcohol on public property opens the city to potential liablity, how does not the serving of food? Is there not the possiblity of a foodborne illness or a food related injury occuring? How do numerous progressive cities handle the issue of responsible adults enjoying a meal with an accompanying alcoholic beverage on public property? A provincial attitude will not serve Norwalk well in the 21st century.

norwalktaxpayer...

This was the right move by City Council. This shouldn't have been an issue in the first place.
Regardless of what anyone says, this wasn't going to make or break Berry's.
And before some of you ask, yes, I do know how to run a business. I've done it for a number of years.
I've had many meals at Berry's over the years, and I'll continue to do so. It's nothing personal.

Joe F (Anonymous)

This particular issue may be "dead" for the present. However the disappointing result is perhaps but a symptom exhibited by certain elected officials of a far more potentially debilitating and often fatal disease to a community - constricted economic vision.

smalltowner (An...

Good now maybe this city can get on with some real important issues instead of wasting time on something that is not important at all.

Money Talks (An...

It just goes to show you that if you have money, you get what you want around here. I'm sure council wouldn't have worked so hard for other people around here for something like that. It's bullcrap!