When the Patchogue branch of Bridgehampton National Bank is closed and parking is tight around the Village, it can be a chore to find a parking space to run into Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company.
With that in mind, Evan Closson, the co-owner of Roast, asked the Patchogue Village Board Monday night to consider making two spots in front of the shop 15-minute parking.
"We are a quick serve business so we believe this will help us accommodate our customers better," Closson said, adding that when the bank is closed and there's no quick access to the shop from the back lot, there's "no good short-term parking left."
Mayor Paul Pontieri said the board would look into the request. Parking meters are slated to be installed on Main Street at some point this year.
Feedback on our Facebook page regarding the 15-minute parking spots was largely positive. Here's a few of the responses:
Jennifer Ann Krieger: I think it's a good idea. Kind of like the spot in front of the food places so that you can run in and grab take out!
Deanna Jane: They should! I don't want to walk through an alley by myself to get the best drinks ever....I do, but that doesn't mean I like to.
Carol Reitz-Butler: 15 minutes is just not long enough, especially for mothers of young children and all their attendant paraphernalia. I want to see spots freed up more than anyone on this thread, but I don't want my customers to feel pressured, either.
Michael Leaning: The whole street should be 15 min. It really makes sense for a lot of businesses, not just Roast.