Andrew Pepin sometimes prefers to enjoy his beer outside, but a proposed change to a Raleigh city ordinance could limit his outdoor drinking.
“One of the greatest things about Raleigh is being able to sit outside and enjoy the beverage, enjoy the weather,” Pepin said Sunday while drinking outside Paddy O’Beers.
Paddy O’Beers owner Zack Medford believes the proposal is targeted towards businesses like his.
Medford started an online petition that has garnered more than 2,300 signatures.
“An ordinance that would take away our patio is kind of a slap in the face,” he said.
The issue was referred to the City Council's Law & Public Safety Committee, which will discuss it on June 9. The original ordinance referred to an "outdoor dining permit," officials said, so council members will look at the wording when considering any changes.