With the amended start date on outdoor dining just 12 days away, Fauteux said the city would not likely be able to get the street cleaning done much earlier than April 1.
Down the street, other businesses jammed as many tables as they could onto their private property fronts, under building overhangs and canopies, to make use of the little space allowed for outdoor service.
At Martha's, on Tuesday, owners Chris and Bill Fokas took advantage of the 80 degree forecasts by allowing customers to dine in the outdoor area they'd set up for St. Patrick's Day. That afternoon, the street department called and requested that they send their customers back inside per city Omega Seamaster 300m Master Co-axial
"We're actually going to try the alley," Andy Perry said with a laugh. "I'm hoping it's conducive to dining."
Birmingham and Baker had started their day at the Nashua Garden across the street, sharing lunch in the back corner of the restaurant, before finding a place where they could enjoy the afternoon in the sunshine.
"We've got to make sure the sidewalks are swept before we can allow the people to get out there," Fauteux said. "We're already jumping through hoops to try and get that done."
NASHUA Andy and Holly Perry, of Milford, made their way to Martha's Exchange on Wednesday afternoon to enjoy lunch outside in the 80 degree weather, but were surprised at what they found.
Typically O'Brien's spreads four or five tables out onto the sidewalk to hold 16 20 people, Gibson said.
And when St. Patrick's Day promised unusually lucky temperatures this Omega Seamaster Terra Aqua past Saturday, the city also allowed all downtown businesses to apply for a special temporary permit to serve customers outdoors for the holiday, after one business owner called and requested permission to do so.
took these tables in yesterday, I came out here half an hour later nobody was on the street. The whole atmosphere had changed."
The sign, and the order, are the result of a city ordinance that prevents downtown establishments from utilizing public sidewalks for outdoor dining until April.
"We really want to work with people, and we understand that outdoor dining is something people enjoy and makes for a vibrant atmosphere downtown so we want to support that," Fauteux said.
"If you can make an exception for one day, do it for the week," Chris Fokas said. "It's great for the merchants all of them not just the restaurants. It creates excitement and activity."
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Still, downtown business owners say they can't help but look at the thermometers this week and the activity on Main Street and imagine the business they could be doing outside.
had made their way to O'Brien's to take advantage of the small outdoor dining space.
In the wake of a mild winter, the city agreed to bump the start date up two weeks earlier, to April 1, she said.
Typically the start date for "open air cafes" to open up outdoor seating areas is April 15, Public Works director Lisa Fauteux said.
A combination of city departments agree on the start time, she said, including the public works, public health and economic development departments, as well as the city fire marshal.
"I would think people would want to be logical and think business minded," Holly Perry said. "Why don't they want to help businesses, especially these days?"
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"Traditionally, there seems to always be that storm in late March," Fauteux said. "By the time the snow melts and we get the sidewalks swept, it takes until April 15. This is unusual weather, so we're trying to adjust to it as quickly as we can."
The only outdoor patrons to be found were squished around the corner from the restaurant on Martha's owned property in an alley next to TD Bank.
"I don't think people mind right now, only because we've told them the policy," O'Brien's Kitchen manager Steve Gibson said. "They're happy to be sitting outside, period."
In front of the popular Main Street eatery stood a handwritten sign stating, "No sidewalk dining per order by the city of Nashua!"
City officials say no to early outdoor seating downtown despite 80 degree temps
"They're trying to revitalize downtown," Bill Fokas said. "Put flowers out, put this out, put that out. Allow people to sit outside on an 85 degree day and have lunch."
Bill Fokas said the city issued a temporary permit allowing earlier use of the sidewalks for three or four warm days last April. While the St. Patrick's Day permit helped businesses this spring, it also showed the high demand for the tables, he said. Saturday.
At O'Brien's Sports Bar, two tiny tables sat pressed up against the restaurant's windows, with four customers roped in, having a drink.
"First, it was the parking," Gibson said. "You can't do this, you can't do that. It's very hard for businesses to make money."
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