Restaurant Restrictions Appealed

MOUNT DESERT — The proprietors of Bassa Cocina de Tapeo are appealing the planning board’s decision to limit the operating hours of their Northeast Harbor restaurant, co-owner Jean-Paul Taillon said Tuesday.

The planning board placed the restaurant’s continued operation under seven conditions during a review of the eatery’s conditional use permit.

The permit in question, issued in 2006, allowed the establishment to expand its outdoor seating into the back patio. Due to the town’s error, one of the restaurant’s abutters was not notified at the time the permit was issued. That error led several abutters dissatisfied with the noise level to appeal the permit. In January, the appeals board ordered that the planning board reexamine the permit.

Under the new ruling by the planning board, outside seating areas in the front and back are to be clear of all patrons by 10 p.m. and the restaurant and bar is to be open to the public no earlier than 11 a.m. and no later than 11 p.m. The board reserved the right to alter and amend these conditions no later that Jan. 15, 2010.

Without a specific noise ordinance in place, the board had no ground to limit the restaurant’s operation, said the restaurant owners’ attorney Cliff Goodall of Augusta.

The deadline to file the appeal is April 24.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

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