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Sidewalk cafe issue comes to a head

Three times and you’re out? A request by an Italian restaurant in Whitestone to add a sidewalk cafe has been turned down by Community Board 7 and the City Council’s Land Use Committee. Now it’s up to the full City Council.

Nonna’s Pizzeria and Trattoria at 22-30 154 St. was rejected by CB 7 several months ago, according to District Manager Marilyn Bitterman. “It would obstruct the sidewalk and add noise and traffic to the community,” Bitterman said.

The owner wants to add outside tables in a glass-enclosed space on the sidewalk. The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs approved the plan, but last week the Council’s Land Use Committee vetoed it.

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) convinced his fellow committee members to disapprove the application based on what he said were the scope and impact of the plan, inaccuracies stated during the applicant’s presentation and the existing illegal fixtures outside the restaurant that have not been removed yet.

Vallone added that the proposal had been met with “immediate opposition” from the neighborhood as well as CB 7.

See full article at Queens Chronicle.