Riposo 72, a bar on 72nd street just East of Columbus Avenue, has opened a sidewalk cafe over the objection of some local residents who feared that it would showcase the lovelorn world of online daters to impressionable youngsters.
At a meeting last fall, local residents lined up to oppose the sidewalk cafe as a neighborhood nuisance inappropriate for a residential block, DNAinfo reported at the time. They pointedly talked about the bar as a haven for “Internet people.”
“I have seen people say, ‘I met you on the internet,’ and you’re putting that on the sidewalk?” said one resident Al Salsano incredulously. “I don’t want children walking near ‘internet people’ meeting.”
Another resident said he hadn’t been to the bar because “I don’t go out to meet people I found on the Internet.”
The bar’s liquor license was approved by the committee and the state liquor authority after it reduced the number of seats from 32 to 16. At the time, local council members were also discussing banning sidewalk cafes on side streets (as opposed to on the avenues), but nothing appears t have come of that proposal.
“I’m surprised it got approved, being a residential block,” wrote Liz, who sent in the photo above. “Bummer!”