Apr 18, 2022 - News

Atlanta's 97 Estoria rallies to save patio from red tape

A black-and-white photo of people sitting outdoors around a firepit, at tables, on benches at 97 Estoria

Photo courtesy of 97 Estoria

Popular Cabbagetown bar and restaurant 97 Estoria is mobilizing customers, residents and lovers of dining al fresco to demand City Hall leave its pandemic-era patio alone.

Driving the news: More than 3,600 people have signed a petition urging the city to cut Estoria a break from zoning codes that require a minimum number of parking spaces.

Catch up quick: During the pandemic, the bar added tables, chairs, benches, a fire pit and other features to its rear parking lot to accommodate more guests outside.

Details: However, the patio was not a hit with code enforcement officials, who issued McClellan with two violation notices related to the patio non grata.

  • They said the restaurant — located along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail in a walkable neighborhood with limited on-street parking — needed 46 parking spots, not the 21 available since the patio was created.

“I’m hoping they realize the laws are outdated. They know they’re outdated,” McClellan told CBS Atlanta. “I know it’s a lot of work for them, but they’ve got to come up with new laws that fit the times.”

  • The mayor’s office did not return Axios’ request for comment.

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