Jackie's Bistro on Corey will soon be the first business on Corey to offer street-side dining. Last Tuesday evening the St. Pete Beach city commission approved an agreement that will allow the bistro to use not only the sidewalk but three parking spots as an outdoor dining area.
Tom Rogers, the president of the Corey Avenue Business Association (CABA) presented the plan to the commission.
"It's quite an asset to Corey Avenue, we all believe," he said, assuring the commission that Jackie's Bistro had the support of CABA.
The agreement allows Jackie Smit, the owner, to place tables, chairs, and landscaping in the right of way. She will do this, Rogers told the commission, at her own expense.
Rogers suggested to the commission that the street seating would differ from what he called "other" situations on Corey – perhaps referring to the neighboring Swigwam and its issues with the city not allowing patrons to drink on the sidewalk – because Jackie would offer "monitored table service" and alcohol sales would consist of no more than 30% of Jackie's Bistro on Corey's total sales.
Jackie's Bistro has a license for beer and wine only.