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August 17, 2013

A SEAT AT THE TABLE: Restaurants ready to capitalize on Big Four Bridge’s impending opening



Not all of the restaurants in the area will be new. Adrienne & Co. Bakery and Cafe on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville is looking to capitalize on those who will cross the bridge by adding outdoor seating and revamping the front of the restaurant.

“It’s something that we’ve needed to do for a long time,” said Bernie Pasquantino, owner of Adrienne & Co. “It made sense to have an outside area since all those people are walking [over]. The park is across the street. It’s a nice place for people to hang out.”

The impetus for finally revamping the front of the restaurant was something less exciting — a broken air conditioner.

Pasquantino said knowing the business had to replace the air conditioning the plan was to also replace the glass windows and winterize in the front of the building.

If they were doing all of the work, the decision became to revamp the façade of the bakery.

In front of what will become a revamped façade will be more outdoor tables, a request approved by Jeffersonville’s Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday. Pasquantino said three tables would be added outside in front of the restaurant, creating a total of nine outdoor tables. But another important addition will create a space where the café’s customers feel more comfortable.

“People do sit out in front of the building, but there is no protection from the street,” Pasquantino said. “You’re just kind of sitting on the sidewalk. Having a rail there will make it feel [safer] and encourage people to use it.”

Pasquantino said the hope is to have the outdoor space completed before Adrienne’s hosts its annual Italian Festival in late-September.

Adrienne’s will be the second local restaurant to add outdoor seating in downtown Jeffersonville. A pilot program allowed Perkfection Café to be the first to add outdoor seating earlier this week.

“A couple of weeks ago we were talking about another old restaurant on Spring Street that was wanting to do the same, and somebody asked the question, ‘what if all the other restaurants want to do it?’” asked Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. “The answer was that would be great. It’s exactly what we want.”

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