Council OKs beer garden on square

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Richmond City Council Tuesday approved Richmond Mushroom Festival Committee’s request to move its beer garden to the square. The council voted to waive the ordinance that bans the sale and consumption of alcohol on public streets. It also suspended its noise ordinance to comply with the request.  The 33rd annual festival is slated for May 2-4.

The festival committee plans to have an enclosed beer garden on North Main Street in front of US Bank. Plans also include expanding the beer garden to two days, from noon to midnight May 3-4. Live music is slated for both evenings.

“When the beer garden was on private property, the numbers weren’t good,” said Nathan Preston, festival chairman, referring the former site at Richmond Hills. “We have found things separated don’t do well. With this move, we hope to generate more revenue.”

Councilman Jim Dunwoodie asked if the festival committee cleared their plan with the ministerial alliance. Preston said no, but US Bank and Full Employment Council have been contacted.

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