Entrepreneurs disappointed city refused to dine outside

Entrepreneurs disappointed city refused to dine outside

BAY CITY, Michigan (WNEM) – Local bar and restaurant owners are disappointed after city commissioners have denied an extension of the road closure that will allow alfresco dining on Midland Street in Bay City.

“It was very surprising that they decided not to renew us,” said Lucky’s Pub owner Jay Samborn. “You know, at least the rest of the summer. We still have some summer here to have fun with.”

As part of Feet on the Street, the roads in downtown Bay City were closed to traffic for outdoor dining this summer.

The Midland Street closure ended Monday. Samborn hoped to extend the closure of Midland Street on the west side until October 15.

City commissioner Jesse Dockett said he would support extending the date, but only for weekends.

“We expected a lot of things to happen during the day and it never really materialized,” said 1st Ward City Commissioner Jesse Dockett.

Those who work for Lucky’s Pub argue that there is no level playing field between the boroughs.

“The east side is allowed to keep theirs open until October and we are unable to do that,” said Lucky’s Pub Manager Elizabeth Schulz.

“There are still other districts that continue to have the street closures and allowing their customers to be out puts us at a bit of a disadvantage,” Samborn said. “All businesses suffer because of this, not just the restaurants and bars.”

Those at Lucky’s Pub hope the commissioners reconsider their stance next year.

“We got significantly more foot traffic with the Feet on the Street than before,” said Schultz. We’ve made more people want to come out, see more bands, more entertainment.”

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