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August 27, 2020

Outdoor dining moving onto part of Main St.

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Warrenton in May began allowing restaurants to use sidewalks and parking spaces for table service.
Starting Friday night, the Town of Warrenton will make more public space available for restaurant seating.

Main Street between Culpeper and Third streets will close to vehicles, allowing restaurants to move tables and chairs onto the pavement, Town Manager Brandie Schaeffer announced Thursday afternoon.

The street closure from 5 to 10 p.m. “will continue for every Friday and Saturday moving forward,” Ms. Schaeffer said in a press release.

“The town has listened,” she added. “Businesses on Main Street and the side streets are encouraged to take advantage of the extra outdoor space. We continue to work with the shopping center businesses to encourage them to take advantage as well.”

The town launched “RollOutWarrenton” in May, allowing businesses to use public property — including sidewalks and parking spaces — and easing “setback” requirements of the zoning ordinance.

The governor’s restrictions on businesses, imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, remained in effect longer in Northern Virginia than in Fauquier. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority also relaxed its regulations on outdoor service.

So, patrons flocked to Warrenton.

Because of the program’s success and business support for it, the town council this month extended “RollOutWarrenton” through year’s end.
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karl engels · August 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm
In case you haven’t noticed, the terrorists have all been white supremacists, the protestors on the other hand, are just forcing people into conversations that Americans as a whole have been too uncomfortable to have for far too long. Your best kept secret must be your racism hidden behind your white fragility.
BestKeptSecrets · August 29, 2020 at 12:05 pm
With what is going on in D.C area and Fredericksburg, VA please protect our citizens from the terrorists. What is going to stop a truck from mowing over our citizens? What is going to stop our citizens from being attacked by the radicalists, anarchists? There is already a story about A women and her child in Fredericksburg VA who called for the police when protestors were at her car.. She was told to call the city government. Please citizens, protect yourselves.
Maddie · August 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm
I suggest that tables are put on the sidewalks and prdestrians use a designated lane on the edge of the street. This would prevent accidents between pedestrians and food servers and add continuity between diners, wait staff and the restaurant. The current barricades could remain in place to protect pedestrians from traffic.
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Truepat · August 28, 2020 at 6:20 am
Epic fail, I knew the golf cart scenario would come back, LOL......
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