Medina approves outdoor dining with fenced-in area for Bent’s

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 August 2022 at 12:46 pm

Planning Board will review design of fencing, which will need to be removed during the winter

MEDINA – The Village Board gave its permission for Bent’s Opera House to have a fenced-in area on the sidewalk for outdoor dining.

The design of the fence will need to be approved by the Planning Board to make sure its appropriate for the historic business district.

Heather Hungerford on Aug. 8 presented the proposal for an outdoor, fenced-in area at Bent’s. The fenced-in area would go 4 feet from the building and still leave about 10 feet of sidewalk open to pedestrians.

Bent’s would have tables and chairs in the fenced-in area for people to enjoy drinks and appetizers, but not meals, Hungerford said.

The board approved the fencing with the following stipulations:

  1. Fencing must be removed from Nov. 15 to March 15 to facilitate snow removal.
  2. Maximum width distance from building to fencing is 4 feet.
  3. An annual review regarding sidewalk maintenance will determine the continuance of the placement of the fence.
  4. The business/property owner assumes all responsibility for maintenance of the fence and all snow removal.
  5. A certificate of insurance will be provided naming the Village of Medina as additional insured.
  6. This approval is non/transferrable to any new business/property owner.

The board previously approved outdoor fencing on the sidewalk for Fitzgibbons Public House. The board said it will take the requests on a case-by-case basis.

Bent’s also is planning to do an exotic car show on Oct. 9, which is a Sunday. It wants a section of Main Street closed for the cars. Registration for the vehicles starts at 10 a.m. with the car show going from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.