BOSTON (WHDH) — Outraged restaurant owners in Boston’s North End could sue the city over a $7,500 fee they were asked to pay to participate in this season’s outdoor dining program.
A number of restaurant owners met with an attorney on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the city.
Outdoor dining will return on April 1, but North End restaurants must wait until May 1 before offering patio seating to customers, according to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. North End restaurant owners have also been ordered to pay an additional $450 per month for each parking spot they use to sit outside.
In a statement, Mayor Michelle Wu’s office said, “The city has made some changes to the outdoor dining program in the North End based on feedback received from the community. A committee of community members and local elected officials will direct how these funds are spent to lessen the program’s impact on neighborhood residents.
Restaurant owners told 7NEWS the charges were downright unfair.
“She’s coming after us… We’re going to fight,” said George Mendoza, co-owner of Monica’s Trattoria. “We will sue… We will sue for damages. »
In a private meeting at the Filippo Ristorante, the restaurant’s owners discussed what they could do to change Wu’s mind about the fees.
“We will pay the same as everyone else pays. We’re not going to pay anything,” added Frank Mendoza, co-owner of Monica’s Trattoria.
Restaurant owners must pay the fee by May 1 if they wish to offer outdoor dining.
North End residents are offered alternate parking on neighborhood lots.
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