The number of outdoor dining areas in downtown Charleston continues to grow as the city installs new fencing for five downtown restaurants.
New barriers have been put in place at Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille this week, and work has already been completed at Pies and Pints and the soon-to-be-reopened Quarrier Diner.
Next week, the same style of fence will be installed at Bar 101 before being added at Charleston Brewing Co. later this month, Planning Director Dan Vriendt said.
The fencing is a product of a city ordinance concerning outdoor dining downtown that was passed in 2012 and amended earlier this year. Under the law, the city buys and installs fencing for the restaurants, while the owners pay a $500 administrative fee.
Vriendt said the rationale behind the ordinance is to ensure a uniform design and look for all downtown restaurants that choose to have a fence.
"We work with the property owners so everyone is on the same page," he said.
Prior to the ordinance, Adelphia and Bar 101, both on Capitol Street, already had outdoor dining.
Adelphia owner Deno Stanley said in his experience, having outdoor dining has been a big draw for patrons.
"It's a huge selling point," he said.
Stanley said he thinks the consistency of the new fencing is beneficial for downtown restaurants, including his.
"They finally formulated a plan where they have uniformity on everyone's fencing, and that's a great thing," he said. "I know my customers enjoy it."
Pies and Pints started using its new outdoor area last week, owner Rob Lindeman said in an email.
"So far it's been a hit," he said.