The fight over the tent at a popular Charlottesville downtown mall restaurant and bar is over. Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar's tent is on its way out and a new permanent structure is on its way in.
Right now the Skybar stands uncovered, but as the weather gets cooler something has to cover the open area to keep customers warm. Last year that was a tent, which the city's Board of Architectural Review didn't like. But Tuesday night, the restaurant and the city finally came to an agreement.
"It'll look like more of a permanent structure. It won't look like a tent, and it's not a tent," said Mike Derdeyn, a representative of Skybar.
A permanent, wooden, open-roofed canopy will be at the Skybar year-round, allowing for clear vinyl panels to be attached inside during colder months and be taken off during warmer months.
Board members say it will fit in well with the scenery of the historic downtown mall. Some board members also believe with this new structure, the restaurant is setting the bar high.
"It is a big improvement and hopefully it will inspire other restaurants to come up with something more along these lines that suits their space instead of just turning to pop-up tents," said Melanie Miller, vice-chair of the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review.
Now, the restaurant says it's ready to move forward.
"I think that the BAR did a very nice job of considering this application and considering what Skybar's needs are," Derdeyn said.
Skybar patrons will have to deal with the cold for a few more months but the new structure is expected to be up by January 3.
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