City Council approves The Saguaro Hotel outdoor dining revocable license

The Saguaro Hotel outdoor dining revocable license agreement was recently approved on consent by Scottsdale City Council.

The adopted resolution on Nov. 13, authorized Sydell Scottsdale, LLC, for an outdoor dining patio on city property at 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., according to a city staff report.

Located on the northwest side of Scottsdale Mall, about 450 feet east of the intersection of Main Street and Brown Avenue, the licensed area is approximately 1,827 square feet and is an existing patio area.

The current patio was leased in July 2003 under agreement 2003-125-COS, which expired and is on “Hold Over” until the approval of a new agreement. The report described the patio area built after the Civic Center Mall renovations in December 1998.

According to the report, the outdoor dining license will not impact any on-street parking spaces or existing sidewalks. In the surrounding area, there are outdoor dining patios, including five on east Scottsdale Mall.

Outdoor dining activities have historically been supported by the city as the venues tend to energize the downtown areas, the report continued, outlining two sections of the dining license agreement that specifies logistics.

Terms of the license agreement include a 15-year license with no extensions; parties can cancel with a 30-day notice; liquor liability insurance; on-site food preparation; prohibiting cooking on the patio; requiring a cash security deposit; and language precluding video, computers, video displays or other signals unless pre-approved by staff for a special event.

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