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Save Ridgewood’s Outdoor Dining !

file photo by Boyd Loving

Dear Ridgewood Blog!

At a recent council meeting it was discovered there will be a vote to end Ridgewood’s outdoor dining corrals on Wednesday March 9th!


Outdoor dining has been a huge success for Ridgewood setting it apart from other CBDs and bringing vital revenues and opportunities into Ridgewood.

There appears to be zero rationale or business case for making this decision and it should not be left in the hands of just the village council to arbitrarily decide on a matter that have ramifications across our community. At a time the CBD already have multiple empty units, our restaurants with outdoor dining are what attracts residents and visitors, generating significant income and opportunities.

Please raise the awareness of this vote and the meeting that will take place Wednesday March 9th, we need to save our outdoor dining and continue to invest in our CBD, not take a huge step backwards.

Many thanks,

Andy McGonnell
A concerned Ridgewood resident, no affiliation with any CBD business or business owners.

26 thoughts on “Save Ridgewood’s Outdoor Dining !

  1. Those dining corrals are public nuisances and traffic hazards. Be gone with them all.

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    1. Disagree! Parking garage that was already crammed down our throats which is causing economic problems already because it isn’t generating the inflated revenue figures used to bamboozle people into building it – means there is already more than enough parking. The huge concrete blocks will stop any problems from fender benders and helps to override the horrific damage from lost revenues for restaurants, as well as attract new business because more people would want to rent those store fronts. People that are trying to restrict businesses and build this town up with useless poorly thought out buildings are changing the character of the town and overwhelming traffic, the well water system, and the school system. It is crystal clear to pretty much everyone that in order to line some developers pockets, Ridgewood is going to turn into another overbuilt Hackensack with the remaining attractive homes turned into Dr.’s offices between tall apartment buildings. It’s really so wonderful to see the progress going in that direction! I can’t wait for it to get more crowded and the remaining ugly restored turn of the century buildings all ripped down! YAY!

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    2. If you’re that opposed to the outdoor dining, why not use your name and stand by your beliefs?

      1. apparently the same reason you didn’t use yours

  2. Restaurants took such a hit. Anything to help them benefit financially should be allowed including outdoor dining without additional fees to the owner/operator for at least 2 years.

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    1. You sure they took a hit?
      Any business (LIKE ALL RESTAURANTS) got PPE money…. ALL FORGIVEN:
      https://projects.propublica.org/coronavirus/bailouts/search?q=07450

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      1. these are only the first 100 that got a loan forgiven.
        if you know the name of a restaurants LLC etc put in it and do the search.

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    2. Hopefully, the “normal” outdoor dining will still exist.
      The concrete barriers and corrals were put up when indoor dining had a capacity of 10 people. The barriers are eyesores anyway.

  3. Ridiculous to stop outdoor dining that benefits local businesses. We need to maintain a vibrant downtown with few empty storefronts.

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    1. This only benefits restaurants. Retailers are hurting because of it. The $3 million to “feed the front lines” didn’t help? Now continue to put put tables on the streets where cars and buses drive? Selfish money hungry pigs

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  4. Get rid of the concrete barriers on the street but keep sidewalk dining.
    Get a nice warm winter or early spring day, it’s great to sit outside.

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  5. Make Ridgewood look like a slum or Jersey City.

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  6. Outdoor dining’s time has come and is now gone.

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  7. Added outdoor dining space should taxed on a seasonal basis as if it were added indoor dining space.

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  8. Not on my dime! Why should my property taxes be used to support any business?

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  9. Outdoor dining needs to go, why are tax dollars being paid for private businesses to operate and occupy public property?

    Why pay to lease retail or restaurant space when you can use public space for free?

    Some restaurants already had outdoor dining space because they PAID for it when they bought their building or lease.

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  10. Is there a petition to sign to keep outdoor dining? Would hate to lose it.

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  11. You dummies, it’s not on your dime. Restaurants have to pay for those spaces, and have even said they would pay a premium for them. Between that and the availability of parking at the garage, it’s a no-brainer to keep them. Sure add beautification requirements if you want, but keep them.

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  12. Once the ugly and dangerous outdoor tent cities are removed downtown, it’ll be nice to visit again and eat at some restaurants. It’s a major reason I stopped visiting downtown.

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  13. Get rid of those concrete barriers and Pauls “its warm in here” cabanas.

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  14. Make sure you’re wearing a hard hat during your entire dining experience.

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  15. rent space in the garage to the restaurants
    put in a few fake trees
    kinda like an indoor food court at the mall

  16. Keep the outdoor dining and also looking forward to the pedestrian only close off again. We should have that for a longer period if not permanently. Make those sections all cobblestone / pavers, it would look great and attract people to the businesses in town.

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  17. Yes!!
    Since people love to sit in parking spaces so much, let the restaurants buy spots in that waste of space and money garage.
    This town is a joke. And now you have councilman slime ball up there who is going to bend his scrawny self over backwards to help his own pocket and nothing more. Gross.
    Trust me they’re all fine.

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  18. Clear the sidewalks and remove those ugly cinderblocks. This is not some tourist place in Italy. As a resident I want a clean and orderly CBD where I can enjoy a walk without having to zigzag or drive through when I need to get somewhere. Not my problem if businesses can’t sustain themselves. They will have plenty of customers now that the garage is there and the giant buildings fill in with trendy tenants.

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