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Feb 14, 2014 01:13 PM

Restaurant / Bar Patios

A freind is doing a project for a urban planning class and asked me a question that I could not really answer. She was looking for examples of Licenced patios in Toronto that are detached from the building ie. where the staff has to walk across a sidewalk with food/ liqour to serve customers. The closest I could think of was Sassafraz where the side patio is so narrow that the waiter cannot walk in the patio and serves everyone from the sidewalk.

Does anyone else have examples of places with odd patios like this?

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  1. As far as I know according to the agco, these are illegal. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Tell her to check the agco regulations, it could be a trick question.

    I've been on patios like that in Madison Wisconsin and in France, so they do exist. I just don't think they are allowed here.

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    1. re: LexiFirefly

      However weren't the patios on pedestrian yonge st. like that? I can't remember...

      1. re: LexiFirefly

        But why would the Sassafraz patio be legal then .. they still have to use the public sidewalk to serve the customers? See the picture no way staff can stay within the patio..

        1. re: pourboi

          It used to be that servers could walk in it. Or they could have a liscence that extends past the patio. By law last time I checked you needed to have a barrier at least six inches for liquor. Like I said check the agco guidelines.