Today’s Press Herald reports on the negative impact the large number of snow storms are having on Portland restaurants.
Most of all, downtown restaurant owners dread parking bans. The owners are particularly upset that the city declared a 36-hour parking ban last weekend for a storm that dropped 2.3 inches of snow. The ban began at 10 a.m. Saturday – Valentine’s Day – prompting some restaurant managers to ask city officials to keep the tow trucks away until closing time. The city honored the requests.
The city in practice doesn’t begin towing cars downtown until 1 a.m., but many people don’t know that, so business suffers.