Columbia Heights Z-Burger Closer to Having Outdoor Eating Space, Installs Fence

New fencing installed at A-Burger, Columbia Heights.

New fencing installed at A-Burger, Columbia Heights.

Z-Burger‘s Columbia Heights location is showing progress with their plans to have outdoor seating for patrons. Late last week, the fencing that will indicate the extent of the Z-Burger seating was installed.

The Z-Burger sidewalk cafe issue, as I’m sure many remember, became a contentious issue due to its location within the Columbia Heights Public Realm space which included the successful and popular Columbia Heights Plaza. The issue first came before ANC 1A in July 2011, was further addressed at the September and November 2011 meetings, was the subject of community meetings in April 2012, and finally approved by the District’s Public Space Committee in May 2012.

Throughout the process, some attempted to blame ANC 1A for holding up Z-Burger’s opening — including Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian who consistently argued that it was impossible for Z-Burger to open or operate without outdoor seating.  Clearly this was not the case. Z-Burger opened in August 2012 without its outdoor seating in place and has been operating for 10 months without the critically important outdoor seating [emphasis added by author].

Ultimately, what was important here was balancing a restaurant’s request to use public space with the uniquely-designed community amenity that is the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. Due to the months of community meetings and working with Z-Burger, the end result here is better than the one initial proposed.

The location of the bench (center of fence) became a central concern in evaluating the use of public space and its impact on the Public Realm.

The location of the bench (center of fence) became a central concern in evaluating the use of public space and its impact on the Public Realm.

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