Compromise keeps Bristol sushi restaurant’s art in windows

Posted 11/27/19

Following a Nov. 4 meeting at which the Zoning Board of Review determined calligraphy in the windows of 205 Thames St. is in violation of the town’s building code, the art/sign (depending on …

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Compromise keeps Bristol sushi restaurant’s art in windows

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Following a Nov. 4 meeting at which the Zoning Board of Review determined calligraphy in the windows of 205 Thames St. is in violation of the town’s building code, the art/sign (depending on who you are talking to) came down.

This past week it was replaced with a sailcloth curtain, printed with the same graphic as the original vinyl window appliqué. The effect is the same, but this time, the building’s management company, Gladding Shops, LLC, is not in violation of any town ordinance.

Though nearly everyone who weighed in on the issue, both on social media and even at the zoning board hearing, liked the calligraphy, it was determined to be in violation of Bristol’s sign ordinance, which requires signs to take up no more than 10 percent of a storefront’s window space. As originally presented, the sign, with its opaque background, covered virtually 100 percent of the glass.

According to Ed Tanner, Bristol’s zoning enforcement officer, the sailcloth compromise was readily approved. “Because the sign is not applied to the windows, the dimensional requirement does not apply, and no variance is required,” he said.

“It complies.”

The future tenant of the space is Baba, a sushi restaurant with locations in Worcester and Sturbridge, Mass.

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