Several takeouts on Larchmont Blvd. were recently cited for having tables and chairs, a fall-out from the city’s legal dealings with the Larchmont Bungalow, said Tom Kneafsey, owner of the building that is home to Jamba Juice, one of the businesses fined.
While coffee shops and other licensed take-outs have had seating for years, their legality has come into focus since the city revoked the Bungalow’s occupancy permit after it opened in 2009. The take out had tables and chairs, even though owner Albert Mizrahi had signed an affidavit promising he would not have them.
Restaurants with sit-down dining are limited on the boulevard, per the Q Condition, an ordinance approved in 1993.
The tables and chairs clause “is a recent invention,” as a result of parking concerns, in spite of a nearby 150-lot underground, public parking lot, said Kneafsey.
Jamba Juice opened in 1996 with an approved design for counter space with tables and chairs, added Kneafsey, president of the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District.
Others recently cited with a $356 fine and the 30-day notice to comply were Pinches Tacos, Go Get Em Tiger coffee shop, Salt & Straw ice cream parlor and Baciami Gelateria & Creperie, which has since closed. Penalties and late fees can result in an increased fine of up to $1175.