Outdoor Refreshment Area (O.R.A.)


Sidewalk Cafes are now open for application

The sidewalk café component of the Outdoor Refreshment Area has started. Businesses who hold a permit to serve alcohol within the Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary can now allow their patron’s to consume and possess alcohol (in glassware or original packaging) at a sidewalk café without a physical barrier around it. Businesses who wish to utilize this aspect of the O.R.A. can apply for a sidewalk café permit through Development Services.

Restaurants located inside and outside of the Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary who wish to expand outdoor dining service due to the pandemic can utilize a temporary rule change from the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) which allows for alcohol to be served in an expanded outdoor service area. To utilize the expanded outdoor service rule change, businesses can apply through Development Services utilizing the sidewalk café permit process as well. Following approval from the City, businesses are required to submit their plan and approved application from the City to the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control division for their final review and approval.

To schedule a pre-application meeting for either or both of these items, please contact Becca Bertram the Operations & Customer Relations Manager or Andrew Harrison, the Development Coordinator for the City’s Development Services division.

City Council adopts ordinance which establishes Fayetteville’s first Outdoor Refreshment Area

On June 4, 2020 the Fayetteville City Council adopted an ordinance which designated an entertainment district pursuant to Act 812. The ordinance also included an emergency clause which enabled the law to take place immediately. A separate resolution which adopted a phasing plan for the Outdoor Refreshment Area was also passed. 

Click here to view the "entertainment district designation" ordinance

Click here to view the phasing plan resolution

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