City of Winnipeg red tape | Cork & Flame Patio

City of Winnipeg red tape | Cork & Flame Patio

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Jennifer Boreski started this petition to City of Winnipeg RED TAPE re: Cork & Flame Patio and

The Cork and Flame Restaurant's beautiful 90 capacity patio has been closed for the better part of the summer season due to restrictions on the part of the City.Please sign this petition so the Cork and Flame restaurant can reopen their patio immediately and not have to go through the long-winded conditional use occupancy permit (and rezoning) that the city has now requested.
How did this happen?
A shut down order was served on July 10, 2020 because the city indicated the restaurant did not have the proper permit to expanded patio and pergola.   This made zero sense, as ALL restaurants in the City of Winnipeg were given short term occupancy permits (valid until Oct 30, 2020) by the City to created and/or expand their patios in order to survive the Covid 19 pandemic.  For reasons unknown, the Cork and Flame restaurant has been (what appears to be) singled out and issued a shut down by the city.
The patio at Cork and Flame was previously zoned in 2011 for 40 people.  In order to allow customers to feel safe this 2020 season and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, it was expanded to fit 90 people, with the addition of a pergola.  An engineer report had been completed and architect has been hired and working with the restaurant to ensure safety and compliance with the City.  The Cork and Flame has gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
However, instead of working with the restaurant, the City has been working against this family owned business. The Cork and Flame has been unfairly treated during an already challenging time for restaurants. The staff and our community is bearing the brunt of the actions of the City of Winnipeg with layoffs, decreased hours, and the inability to enjoy the outdoors.  The restaurant has struggled financially without the use of the patio.
During the beginning of August, the City of Winnipeg agreed to allow the restaurant to file an occupancy permit for the patio to be reopened; and promised the patio would be back in business within a few days.  This application was filed with an engineering report and pre-paid for on Aug 14th (based on the City's request).
Without any movement for 15 days, and after going public, (on Aug 28th) the City, unfairly changed their mind and told the restaurant they were no longer accepting the already submitted occupancy permit. The City then decided to require the restaurant to file a conditional use occupancy permit, which could take months and make the restaurant rezone the property.
We want the City of Winnipeg to honour the occupancy permit submitted and paid for on Aug 14, 2020 so the patio can reopen.

 

 

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