Mission Cantina Friday 5:45 PM
The pitched battle that erupted -- mainly over parking -- between town officials and Mission Cantina came to an honorable end at last week's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, with a compromise both entities can live with.
The ever popular restaurant can continue operating a food truck (which serves the downtown) out of their current location with extra parking allowed for employees in the back as long as they stay only on paved areas.
The restaurant is not required to carve out any new additional customer parking spaces and in fact will lose a few by installing barriers to protect green space on the south end of the parking lot.
In addition signs will be erected telling hungry customers to stay off the grass. Or maybe they can hire a grumpy old man at peak times to yell, "get off my lawn!"
And they will be allowed to construct an enclosure/vestibule around the front door.
Town officials were caught in a bit of bind: They recently allowed two new large five-story mixed used buildings (mostly residential) in the downtown with no parking required but in this case originally tried to force a restaurant to add parking when they already provide more than twice what the zoning bylaw requires.
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