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Zoners ponder Mamie's outdoor seating

Published 6:21 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  • Mamie's, located along Baker Road (Route 67) in Roxbury, hopes to maintain its level of outdoor dining. February 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings
    Mamie's, located along Baker Road (Route 67) in Roxbury, hopes to maintain its level of outdoor dining. February 2013 Photo: Norm Cummings

 

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Mamie Keys' successful outdoor seating at Mamie's Restaurant in Roxbury is under fire from the town's Zoning Commission.

Mamie's has 20 to 25 inside seats and from 20 to 25 outdoor seats, according to zoning documents.

On a sunny, warm day, all of the restaurant's customers could be sitting outside at picnic tables on the lawn or at the wrought iron tables on the patio, Ms. Keys said.

However, Roxbury zoning's restaurant regulation requires 75 percent of seating must be inside a building.

Ms. Keys is scheduled to go before the commission March 11 for a public hearing to plead her case for a special permit to change from the present, non-conforming use of the business at 162 Baker Road to a conforming use.

Concerns have also been raised by zoning commissioner Elaine Urban about alcohol being served at Mamie's, which is next door to a day care center in the other half of the building at 162 Baker Road.

Ms. Keys told the commissioners Jan. 14 her restaurant has been open for six years and she has invested everything she has in the business.

She said patrons typically do not order alcoholic drinks during the day when the daycare center is open.

The Baker Road location has been the site of a food service business since the 1990s, according to zoning documents.

Originally the Roxbury Creamery, it was run as a family restaurant called Rascals until 2004.

From 2004-2005, it was Selmas Italian Restaurant.

From 2005 to 2007, it operated as The Seasoned Kitchen LLC, a wholesale bakery offering catering.

Ms. Keys bought the business and opened it as Mamie's Restaurant in 2007, with the intention of continuing to operate the business as a restaurant, said Mary Barton, the town's zoning enforcement officer.

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