Edgartown’s 11 North restaurant will become handicap compliant


11 North restaurant will close for 60 days, to make changes necessary to become handicap compliant, Edgartown selectmen learned Tuesday. Town administrator Pamela Dolby told selectmen that the restaurant will remain closed until construction on a handicap ramp at the entrance of the building is done.

“They are getting the final approval to get a handicap entrance,” Ms. Dolby said.

Previously, Edgartown selectmen gave the owners of the American bar/bistro until September to provide access to the restaurant for people with disabilities. The decision on whether the restaurant could continue to operate was up to the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (AAB).

The restaurant has remained open under a temporary occupancy permit and has missed the deadline set by the AAB for compliance with state disability regulations.

Ms. Dolby told selectmen that the North Water street restaurant closed last week and will reopen year-round once construction is complete.

In other business, the Edgartown shellfish committee asked for the selectmen’s blessing to apply for a $430,000 community integration grant that will be used to update the Chappaquiddick nursery.

“It seems to fit most of the criteria,” chairman of the shellfish committee Jack Blake said. “They want something innovative. What they’re looking for is a lead town, that other municipalities will come onboard, and that’s what we’re doing with the shellfish group now.”