Developers of The Eddy at Riverview Landing requested of Smyrna city officials the removal of the required fencing restriction around the outdoor seating area of licensed pouring establishments within the city’s five restaurant districts. Their appeal was granted by a 7-0 vote of the Smyrna City Council on June 3. AJC file photo

Smyrna relaxes another alcohol restriction

Another requirement in Smyrna’s alcoholic beverage ordinance has been eliminated by a 7-0 vote of the Smyrna City Council on June 3.

Now there no longer is the requirement for an enclosure around the outdoor seating areas of licensed pouring establishments in the city’s five restaurant districts.

Those districts, where the outside consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed, are the Concord Linear Park, Smyrna Market Village, Belmont Hills, Jonquil Plaza and Riverview Landing.

This change was made because the city’s Community Development Department received a request from the developers of The Eddy at Riverview Landing to remove the required fencing around the outdoor seating area of licensed pouring establishments within restaurant districts, according to Smyrna Senior Planner Russell Martin.

The immediate area around The Eddy and along the Chattahoochee River has been designated as a restaurant district by the city.

Under the city’s alcoholic beverage ordinance, a restaurant district is defined as a specifically authorized and pedestrian-oriented area of the city as established by resolution of Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and the City Council that allows for the outside consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The Eddy is the 310-unit multi-family housing development with 3,000 square feet of commercial retail space that is part of the greater Riverview Landing mixed-use development, Martin said.

Grand Champion Barbeque, Reformation Brewery and The Chattahoochee Coffee Company will be the commercial tenants within the development.

The developer is requesting the amendment to allow for the free flow of people between the businesses and the park area along the river, Martin noted.

Until June 3, the alcoholic beverage ordinance required outdoor seating areas to be enclosed by a fence, wall, hedge or other approved devices and for all patrons to enter through the main premises which is in conflict with the intent of the restaurant districts, he added.

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