Three months after an ordinance allowed restaurants in downtown Charleston to serve beer on sidewalks, only one business has set up a space to do so.
But more are in the works.
Charleston City Council approved an ordinance allowing restaurants in the downtown business district to serve beer in enclosed sections of some sidewalks during a meeting last April.
Ichiban on Capitol Street is so far the only restaurant to do so.
"We have a couple that are getting ready to set theirs up," City Planner Dan Vriendt said.
Pies & Pints, Adelphia Sports Bar and Grille and Quarrier Diner all have applied for outdoor dining permits, he said.
The businesses must complete the application and request a revised floor plan from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration before they can set up an enclosure and begin serving beer in it, he said.
The businesses must also show Planning Department staff proof that they have named the city as an additional insuree, Vriendt said. The business must have liability insurance of $1 million per instance before the city permit will be approved.
Deno Stanley, owner of Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille, has been a vocal supporter of the effort.
Stanley said he has all of his paperwork finalized and hopes to have an outdoor dining area set up in the next two weeks.
"We're currently designing our fence to make it inviting," he said.
Stanley said he would have had his space set up already, but he was loath to start during FestivALL.
"It was really crowded on Capitol Street during FestivALL and it was just so hot," he said.
Stanley believes the intense heat may be causing some downtown restaurant owners to hold off on outdoor dining.