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Sidewalk Bistro, Neighbors Tangle Over Hours

Piermont eatery to close later; lawmakers include stipulations

In the restaurant industry, an extra hour can make all the difference when it comes to profitability.

An hour can make all the difference when it comes to a restful night's sleep, too—and in Piermont, the two are at odds.

Sidewalk Bistro at 482 Piermont Avenue will be expanding the hours of operations in its outdoor dining area after village lawmakers granted permission at last week's village board meeting .

Prior, the eatery shut down at 10 p.m. on Sundays thru Thursdays, and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Now, the the eatery will remain open until 11 p.m. and 12 a.m., respectively. Owner Daout Celestin and the restaurant's legal representation were present when the decision was made.

It is a judgement that Susan and Fred Cohen, who live just behind the restaurant on Elm Street, find upsetting. They've lived in Piermont for several years and through many incarnations of Sidewalk Bistro.

"It would be nice to sleep in our own home," Fred Cohen said, noting chatter and dining from the bistro's backyard often keeps him awake. "It's not getting better by adding more hours, more tables, more food."

"When you're closing at midnight, it means 2 a.m. for the staff," Susan Cohen added.

Other neighbors, however, jumped to Celestin's defence.

"We live one street over, but don’t hear a thing," said Stacey Brady, a 15-year Piermont resident.

Michael Caraccio, who lives above the restaurant, agreed. "It's been extremely quiet as long as I've been there," he said. "I can sleep with the windows open."

Village trustees noted the situation was tricky; John Gallucci, Jr. noted he was "conflicted."

Ultimately, lawmakers granted Sidewalk Bistro's request, but with stipulations—the outdoor dining lot has to be empty, even of staff, 30 minutes after closing time.

"The agreement we're looking at now allows Sidewalk Bistro to serve later, but gives a definitive time for the back lot to be vacant," said Christopher Sanders, the village's mayor.

"Keep us posted on how this works out," Sanders added to the Cohens.

willina April 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
those restaurants and bars were there long before this couple moved to piermont. the turning point has had musical acts for over 30 years! it's not like this is a surprise to someone moving behind the business section of piermont ave. in piermont. sounds like complainers to me.
Evan April 27, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Neighborhoods get built up by active businesses. People seem to tend to want to move into areas that are booming for the potential growth in property value or great atmosphere but are not willing to accept how these neighborhoods grew to this level. If you choose to move into an area that is near restaurants or other businesses with lots of customers it comes with the territory. Otherwise please move into a completely residential area.
triv April 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
maybe if the bistro's customers and staff were truly off the premises within 30 mins of closing time, it wouldn't be an issue. lately, they are there long after official closing time and do make a lot of noise well after midnight. Residents have rights too....most of us are just quieter than the barflys.
NyackPride April 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
If they don't like it they can simply move after their lease expires. Tally Ho!
Nick April 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Why live near bars and resturants if you dont like the noise at night, nyack has the same problem. People living on MAIN street complaining in the meetings and to enforcement about noise. Dont live ln railroad ave if you dont want to hear a train.
Lynn Lozer August 08, 2013 at 09:25 PM
I used to live on 9th Ave and 22nd St. in NYC, above a bar. I knew what I was getting into when I signed the lease.

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