By the edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council voted in favor of compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) for six restaurants with outdoor dining violations.
The eateries were tagged for violating the City of Santa Barbara’s outdoor dining rules and ADA access prompting separate appeals sent to the City Council.
After multiple warnings spanning several months, the following businesses had their parklet permits revoked: Ca’Dario Restaurant (37 E. Victoria Street), Courthouse Tavern (129 E. Anapamu Street), Folded Hills Winery (1294 Coast Village Road), Foxtail Kitchen & Bar (14 E. Cota St), Taza (413 State Street), and Trattoria Vittoria (30 E. Victoria Street).
According to staff reports, the businesses were ordered to remove the parklets by April 24, 2023 after receiving four notices.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the Council reviewed each restaurant’s appeal separately and voted for all parklets to be removed. The votes were unanimous except in the cases of Trattoria Vittoria and Taza.
Mayor Randy Rowse said city inspectors did their job when reviewing outdoor dining structures. “It’s something we were sworn to uphold. ADA is the law,” said Rowse.
The six restaurants will be required to dismantle and remove their parklets before reapplying for a new permit.
The Folded Hills Winery parklet near the roundabout construction on Coast Village Road has already been removed.
Last month the City Council approved a $2 per square-foot fee for all outdoor dining structures within the State Street Promenade. The new fees kicked in on May 1.