Local Politics

Raleigh council approves curfew on sidewalk dining downtown

Posted August 4, 2015 4:31 p.m. EDT

— The City Council on Tuesday approved limits on outdoor dining in downtown Raleigh.

The number of seats a restaurant or bar can have on the sidewalk will be based on its indoor seating capacity, and all patrons will have to be inside by midnight Sundays through Thursdays and by 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Currently, patrons can remain out on restaurant or bar patios until 2 a.m. nightly.

City officials said they have received 30 complaints since June 1 over crowded sidewalks downtown, trash and late-night noise.

The restrictions will be in place for a three-month trial period. After that, city officials will measure the impact before determining if they should be extended, changed or dropped.