City of Cambridge might allow outdoor dining expansion onto Poplar Street

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Several businesses in Cambridge are urging city officials to make room for more outdoor seating in the Downtown area.

The organization Cambridge Main Street created a formal proposal for city leaders to review.

That proposal was discussed in a “special called” city commission meeting on Monday.

The proposal asks the city to close Poplar Street Thursday through Sunday during peak times.

It also asks the city to allow for outdoor seating and service at an alleyway behind 400 Race Street near the bar Blue Ruin.

During Monday’s meeting, city officials talked about the possible dangers of closing Poplar Street. They say this is one of several major routes for EMS, the Cambridge Police Department and the Cambridge Fire Department.

But businesses say they feel this expansion is desperately needed to help businesses survive.

“There’s a lot of heart and a lot of passion and we want to see everyone thrive and be successful and overcome this significant challenge that we’re all facing and I think that if we really work together and work proactively then we can come out stronger as a community,” said Katie Clendaniel, Cambridge Main Street executive director.

“It’s going to definitely benefit us,” said Kym Yates, general manager at Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar.

“People enjoy Ava’s and I believe that if there’s more room for them to come out and sit then they’re going to come,” said Yates.

According to Clendaniel, this proposal will be discussed again by city officials during their next regular council meeting on Monday, June 8th. For more information on this proposal, click here.

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