GRAFTON ó Itís become a great
corner to sit outside at and enjoy downtown Grafton, and last weekís
approval of a patio plan for Johnís Pizzaria will expand that, at
least, for pizza fans.
A request by owners Gary and Katie Parchim to add a small paver
patio on the southwest side of their existing restaurant at 1401
11th Ave. required little discussion before being unanimously
Commissioner Carl Harms questioned how the proposed seating would
differ from that already available at the Lumberyard project.
ďThere are already tables out there now?Ē he asked.
ďThose tables are for public use outside of the Lumberyard,Ē
explained Jessica Wolff, Graftonís community development director.
ďYou canít drink at those tables and they donít necessarily serve
Though Johnís Pizzaria is tucked into the parcel immediately
adjacent to the Lumberyard project, it is not part of it.
The new plan requires the Parchims to relocate their existing
dumpster enclosure to the west side of the parking lot and install
new fencing on the east and west sides of the planned 450-square
foot patio. An existing fence from the Lumberyard project already
acts as an enclosure to the south side of the space. This fencing is
required to comply with existing liquor law requirements.
The patio will include two to three tables with approximately seven
to 15 chairs. The space is open from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. daily,
with customer use ending at 10 p.m. No outdoor speakers or live
music will be allowed on the patio. According to the plans submitted
by the Parchims, the patio will be constructed with paved, stamped
Johnís Pizzaria has been in business since 1984, and was started by
Katie Parchimís father, John Crowley. Katie Parchim received the
Grafton Area Chamber of Commerceís 2019 Outstanding Business Person
of the Year Award, in part due to her continued support of the
greater Grafton community. Johnís Pizzaria has served as a vendor at
the indoor and outdoor Grafton Area Live Arts concerts, is a
longtime participant in the Grafton Tree Lighting and a contributor
to many Grafton community activities.
According to the report, the project is expected to be completed
this summer and diners will be able to order food off the
restaurantís existing menu.
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