Een ander Blenheim-café lijkt de weg vrij te maken voor dineren in de buitenluchtdecember 22, 2019
Herb and Olive co-owner Richard Barton in the car parks outside his business.
A year after setting up a cafe in Blenheim’s town centre, the owners of Herb and Olive are looking to tap into al fresco dining.
The owners, Alexandra and Richard Barton, want to add nine outdoor tables to their High St business, at the expense of two metered car parks.
Richard Barton said it was part of their long-term vision for the cafe – and a way to encourage al fresco dining in the town’s central business district (CBD).
He said, down the line, they also wanted to have a liquor license approved.
“Part of that will be putting together a wine-friendly menu,” Barton said.
“During summer we get a really good amount of sun on that space so it would be nice for customers to sit outside and have a glass of wine and some food.”
The seating area was proposed at a council assets and services meeting on Wednesday.
The idea, similar to a concept Ritual developed four year ago, had been approved by Marlborough Roads manager Steve Murrin and the cafe’s neighbouring business MCN Computer Network.
The Blenheim Business Association also supported the proposal. All costs would be covered by the Bartons.
The outdoor area, with wooden flooring, would not be permanently fixed to the ground, so if the Bartons were to sell the council would not be left with the cost of reinstatement.
The approximate 24 square metre space would also have 720 millimetre high planter boxes, consistent with others around the Blenheim CBD to provide protection from passing traffic.
“We’re trying to create a good environment for the summer,” Barton said.
“Particularly on the weekend, when you get tourists through, it would be nice to have an outside space.”
Based on the Blenheim footpath rental rate of $31 meters squared per annum, the annual rent would be $744, a council assets and services report said.
The report also said it would have an added benefit of improving the streetscape and vibrancy of the CBD.
Councillor Cynthia Brooks supported the plan on Wednesday, so long as it could be removed.
“Sometimes things change, we need to keep that in mind,” Brooks said.
The proposal was forwarded to full council for consideration.
If approved, Barton hoped to have the outdoor seating ready for summer next year.