The Village of Port Washington North voted Tuesday to approve a site plan for the restaurant Jia Dim Sum to add an outdoor patio to the building to offer outdoor dining for customers.
Jia, a Chinese dim sum restaurant, is listed as being located at 84 Old Shore Road in Port Washington North. But it faces three streets – Old Shore Road, Shore Road and Pleasant Avenue.
The restaurant owners applied for site plan approval for an added outdoor deck that would be located along the Shore Road side of the restaurant. The 24 feet by 10 feet deck would feature about 4 tables that would each seat about 4 customers.
The restaurant currently does not offer outdoor dining.
The owners also sought approval to have an outdoor food cooler along the Old Shore Road side of the building – the rear of the restaurant – and to enclose the trash receptacle area.
A member of the public and Superintendent of Buildings Robert Barbach expressed concerns about the safety of diners on the outdoor patio in the case of a car colliding into the deck.
As this is not a requirement, this did not impact the board’s decision but both the village and the restaurant owners agreed it was something to consider implementing.
Barbach said as superintendent of buildings it is within his discretion to take action on things unsafe in the village, which he would consider in regards to potentially requiring a barrier.
The board voted to approve the site plan and the conditional use permit for the restaurant to offer outdoor dining. The conditional use permit has a one-year duration, which trustees opted into to evaluate the suitability of the outdoor dining area for the village over time.
The Port Washington North Board of Trustees will convene again at 7:30 p.m. on July 18 for its next board meeting.