Evelyn Hills ORA
Evelyn Hills Outdoor Refreshment Area
On December 15, 2020 the Fayetteville City Council approved an ordinance designating the City's second 'Entertainment District' on Evelyn Hills. This district allows for alcoholic beverages to be consumed at sidewalk cafes and outdoor seating areas. The City Council also passed an emergency clause for the ordinance. This entertainment district will be active in the coming days. It is currently not active as staff completes the notification procedures required by Act 812.
COVID-19 and utilizing Act 812 as a tool to help restaurants during prolonged social distancing measures
The pandemic has disproportionately impacted certain industry sectors, restaurants, bars, and performance venues are included in that category. Through the various necessary public health directives, private clubs were not given a chance to pivot or adapt through to-go sales in Arkansas. Given the prolonged impact to sales the pandemic has had and will continue to have due to reduced occupancy and consumer concerns, Act 812 can be a tool to help these businesses increase sales safely during this time.
The expansion of sidewalk cafés can increase occupancy for these businesses. Open air dining can allow for increased social distancing measures. Currently, Arkansas state law prohibits alcohol being served outdoors without fencing around the tables. This ordinance can eliminate that requirement for some businesses.
What does the Evelyn Hills ORA do?
The Evelyn Hills ORA enables patrons of restaurants within the center to consume alcoholic beverages at sidewalk cafes and expanded outdoor dining options within the center.
Why is an ORA necessary?
Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) currently does not allow for alcoholic beverages to be consumed at outdoor seating in front of the establishments due to a private sidewalk, which is interrupted as 'public space', being between the business and the parking lot. Designating an Outdoor Refreshment Area on the property solves this issue.