Framingham Delays Vote on IHOP Outdoor Seating

FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham License Commission vote 4-1 to delay a vote to approve outdoor dining for IHOP at Edgell Road in Framingham.

Commissioner Tiel Wadland voted to not to delay the decision until Monday, June 15.

IHOP has request 5 tables and 25 seats for outdoor dining, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in its application to the City.

No one from IHOP attended the virtual meetings, and several Commissioners wanted clarification on where the seating would be and the safety protcols to protect the diners from vehicles in the busy parking lot.

Wadland believed the tables would face the Route 9 off-ramp side of the building, based on the photo submitted by IHOP.

The other commissioners were not convinced and approved a motion to delay a vote on the outdoor dining a week.

This was the map submitted.

Under the governor’s and the City of Framingham’s regulations, all tables must be 6 feet apart. The state had specific guidelines for restaurants under the Phase II re-opening plan.

Restaurants had been closed since mid-March, and under the Governor’s order could only do take out or curbside, until Phase II.

Starting yesterday, June 8, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was allowing outdoor dining, under Phase II. Restaurants that already had outdoor dining in 2019, could begin service on June 8. Those who were adding seating needed local approval.

The Framingham License Commission reviewed the applications of about 10 establishments Monday night. The only one that was rejected was IHOP.

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Photos courtesy of IHOP

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