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City Hall gives OK to Outdoor Cafe Program for DT La Crosse

Brad Williams

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The concept of ‘outdoor cafes’ in La Crosse easily passes the city council. 

The two standing council committees and the full council met in special session Thursday, to fast-track the plan to help restaurants use outdoor space, during the spread of coronavirus. 

The resolution was expanded to include taverns and ‘tasting rooms’ in the outdoor service plans. 

This proposal will be in effect until the middle of November, unless the city changes the schedule.      

The ‘outdoor cafe’ program is intended to help restaurants which have lost business this year because of pandemic-related shutdowns. 

Council member Scott Neumeister, who owns a bar himself, successfully argued that the plan should be expanded to include taverns that serve food.   

Bars and tasting rooms are now included in the program, which would allow them to serve customers on the sidewalk, and even in the street.  

Businesses taking part would be expanding their serving space for social distancing, but would not be allowed to increase the number of customers they’re allowed to have now.    

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.