Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA)

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On June 4, 2020, the Fayetteville City Council adopted the Outdoor Refreshment Area in Downtown Fayetteville, designated an “Entertainment District” pursuant to Act 812.

What does the new Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA) ordinance do?

Sidewalk Cafés:

Businesses within the ORA boundary will be able to apply for a Sidewalk Café permit to use sidewalks for outdoor seating and would not be required to create a fence or barrier around their seating. Alcohol would be allowed to be served at these sidewalk cafés and regular glassware could be used. Designated cups and physical identifiers would not be required for sidewalk cafés.


Special Events:

Event organizers have the option to request that event attendees not be required to limit their consumption of alcohol to the confines of a designated consumption area or "beer garden." If approved, event attendees would be able to consume alcohol outdoors anywhere within the designated event area (such as a closed street). Event organizers have the option to allow businesses that serve alcohol and are located within the event area the opportunity to serve event attendees alcohol, which could then be consumed within the event area.


Outdoor Refreshment Area Boundary

Click here to download pdf of map below.

The Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary can be seen below. Its size is to enable more businesses to take advantage of the sidewalk café benefits and give flexibility for event organizers.

Would residents be able to walk around the entire area during the pilot program, which allows for to-go sales? No. The pilot program will be a much smaller area within the boundary map. Staff will work with businesses and stakeholders to define the area for the pilot.

Limited Open Consumption District Pilot Programs:

Limited open consumption district pilot program shall mean a series of specific dates and times which occur on a limited basis in which a person or customer may purchase alcohol from participating businesses and consume said alcohol within a defined area with open streets within the Outdoor Refreshment Area. The dates and times, as well as any rules applicable to such a pilot program, shall be established by the Mayor.

(You can view the specific requirements on the City of Fayetteville web page here.)

As City staff begins working with stakeholders and the business community to implement to open-consumption district pilot program, this new questionnaire* will help accomplish two objectives:

  • To define the area of the pilot program in downtown Fayetteville. The open consumption pilot program is a smaller area within the Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary where businesses will be able to sell alcoholic beverages (in designated cups), which patrons could consume while walking down the sidewalk. No street closures would be required.


  • To identify other areas throughout Fayetteville where Act 812 could be utilized to help restaurants, bars, and performance venues safely increase sales.

*Results of the first questionnaire are available in the Documents feature at right.


On June 4, 2020, the Fayetteville City Council adopted the Outdoor Refreshment Area in Downtown Fayetteville, designated an “Entertainment District” pursuant to Act 812.

What does the new Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA) ordinance do?

Sidewalk Cafés:

Businesses within the ORA boundary will be able to apply for a Sidewalk Café permit to use sidewalks for outdoor seating and would not be required to create a fence or barrier around their seating. Alcohol would be allowed to be served at these sidewalk cafés and regular glassware could be used. Designated cups and physical identifiers would not be required for sidewalk cafés.


Special Events:

Event organizers have the option to request that event attendees not be required to limit their consumption of alcohol to the confines of a designated consumption area or "beer garden." If approved, event attendees would be able to consume alcohol outdoors anywhere within the designated event area (such as a closed street). Event organizers have the option to allow businesses that serve alcohol and are located within the event area the opportunity to serve event attendees alcohol, which could then be consumed within the event area.


Outdoor Refreshment Area Boundary

Click here to download pdf of map below.

The Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary can be seen below. Its size is to enable more businesses to take advantage of the sidewalk café benefits and give flexibility for event organizers.

Would residents be able to walk around the entire area during the pilot program, which allows for to-go sales? No. The pilot program will be a much smaller area within the boundary map. Staff will work with businesses and stakeholders to define the area for the pilot.

Limited Open Consumption District Pilot Programs:

Limited open consumption district pilot program shall mean a series of specific dates and times which occur on a limited basis in which a person or customer may purchase alcohol from participating businesses and consume said alcohol within a defined area with open streets within the Outdoor Refreshment Area. The dates and times, as well as any rules applicable to such a pilot program, shall be established by the Mayor.

(You can view the specific requirements on the City of Fayetteville web page here.)

As City staff begins working with stakeholders and the business community to implement to open-consumption district pilot program, this new questionnaire* will help accomplish two objectives:

  • To define the area of the pilot program in downtown Fayetteville. The open consumption pilot program is a smaller area within the Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary where businesses will be able to sell alcoholic beverages (in designated cups), which patrons could consume while walking down the sidewalk. No street closures would be required.


  • To identify other areas throughout Fayetteville where Act 812 could be utilized to help restaurants, bars, and performance venues safely increase sales.

*Results of the first questionnaire are available in the Documents feature at right.



  • On June 4, 2020, the Fayetteville City Council adopted the Outdoor Refreshment Area in Downtown Fayetteville, designated an “Entertainment District” pursuant to Act 812. As City staff begins working with stakeholders and the business community to implement to open-consumption district pilot program, this new questionnaire will help accomplish two objectives: 

    • To define the area of the pilot program in downtown Fayetteville. The open consumption pilot program is a smaller area within the Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary where businesses will be able to sell alcoholic beverages (in designated cups), which patrons could consume while walking down the sidewalk. No street closures


    On June 4, 2020, the Fayetteville City Council adopted the Outdoor Refreshment Area in Downtown Fayetteville, designated an “Entertainment District” pursuant to Act 812. As City staff begins working with stakeholders and the business community to implement to open-consumption district pilot program, this new questionnaire will help accomplish two objectives: 

    • To define the area of the pilot program in downtown Fayetteville. The open consumption pilot program is a smaller area within the Outdoor Refreshment Area boundary where businesses will be able to sell alcoholic beverages (in designated cups), which patrons could consume while walking down the sidewalk. No street closures would be required. 


    • To identify other areas throughout Fayetteville where Act 812 could be utilized to help restaurants, bars, and performance venues safely increase sales. 
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