ADA — The owner of a new wine and craft beer establishment in Ada
made a formal request for outdoor seating to the Ada Village Council
Tuesday. Mark Reineke, owner of the Cask Room, also owns Vino Bellissimo
on Shawnee Road in Lima.
If the request is granted, he would like
to put three to four two-seat bistro tables on the sidewalk in front of
the building located between China King and Mad About Nails on South
Main Street. The tables outdoor seating area would also extend in front
of a portion of China King. The tables would allow Cask Room patrons to
enjoy a glass of wine or beer outside during good weather.
“We want you to sit and enjoy your time,” Reineke said.”We want to make sure your experience is unique and enjoyable.”
has been in contact with a Liquor Control agent about his plan.
Regulations would include a chain around the seating and a sign
indicating the exit and entrance of the area. Councilors viewed
photographs of restaurants with outdoor seating in Findlay similar to
what could be done at the Cask Room.
“I’m charged to ensure that
the public thoroughfares are open. We take it really seriously with the
streets and with the alleys. This is really the first challenge to the
thoroughfare on the sidewalks that has become an official request,” said
Mayor David Retterer.
One concern of the council is the potential
for other establishments to make the same request. A remedy of that
concern mentioned was to limit the possibility of outdoor seating to
buildings with a certain sidewalk width.
Police Chief Michael
Harnishfeger and Ada Legal Counsel Jane Napier also expressed concerns
about the request, among them, village liability for any accidents
caused by obstructing the sidewalk and the potential for vandalism at
the wine bar.
Reineke expressed his willingness to follow any regulations put in place by council regarding the seating area.
did not make a decision regarding the request but will continue to
discuss the matter at future meetings. Reineke hopes to open the Cask
Room within the next several weeks.