Highlands eases up on sign ordinance to support local businesses

The only option left to local restaurants and businesses in Highlands is curbside pick-up or delivery after the Highlands Board of Commissioners voted on the issue on March 26. Read more about the Town’s proclamation HERE.

Given the circumstances, Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor said the Town has eased up on the current sign ordinance to give businesses some leeway getting the word out to the community.

“Given the emergency situation, the temporary sign ordinance has been relaxed for the duration of the emergency,” said Taylor. “Also, in B1 restaurants can reserve 2 parking spaces in front of their business for takeout pickup. Restaurants in B2, -3, etc. can set up pickups in their parking areas.”

Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Executive Director Kaye McHan said an amicable resolution was reach after a discussion between business owners, the Town, and the Chamber.

“I’m very grateful to the Town for working with our businesses during an unprecedented time,” said McHan. “We are in this together. I am so grateful to all who are being socially responsible for the welfare of others. We can find harmony in our human family by caring for each other.”

The Ugly Dog Public House offers curbside pickup to customers, located at 294 S. 4th Street in Highlands.

Outdoor dining at restaurants is still not allowed, so people may want to bring their goods straight home.

“People can eat and picnic at the park as long as the tables are 6 feet apart,” said Taylor. “We are not encouraging this, but it is allowable at least for now.”

Taylor added that sometimes the Town’s hands are tied when it comes to Executive Orders passed down from the state level, but try to help where they can.

“If there is a governor’s order from the state of emergency the town police have no option but to enforce the order,” he said. “The mayor and board can relax town ordinances as necessary as long as we do not go against state laws and orders. For instance, we cannot relax state ABC rules.”

Pictured at the top of the article is the Bridge at Mill Creek, offering take out services for customers in Highlands. Located at 445 N. 4th Street in Highlands.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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Highlands Restaurants Open for Curbside Pickup (Courtesy of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center):

Fourth Street Market:  828-526-4191 – Open for food & convenience store items – please practice social distancing.

4118 Kitchen + Bar: 828-526-5002 – Offering curbside delivery from 11:30 am -7:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Also offering, beer, wine and gift certificates.

​Bridge at Mill Creek:  828-526-5500 – Offering curbside pickup 5:00 pm-9:00 p.m. every evening except Tuesdays. Menus on FB and Instagram.

​Brunch HQ:  828-526-4008 – Offering curbside delivery brunch and breakfast Friday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

​Cake Bar at Mill Creek:  828-421-2042 – Open Thursday – Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. curbside pickup.

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant: 828-526-2244 – Open for curbside pickup – lunch and dinner.

Highlands Smokehouse: 828-526-3554 – Offering curbside pickup Thursday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

​Highlands Wine Shoppe:  828-526-4080 – Open for wine curbside pickup and delivery Monday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

​Lakeside Restaurant: 828-526-9419 – Open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner and curbside pickup and in-town delivery.

​MBrace:  828-787-1212 – Offering curbside pickup Wednesday – Saturday.  Opening at 11:00 a.m.

​Pescados Highlands Burritos:  828-526-9313 – Open for curbside pickup. Monday – Saturday.

​The Blue Bike Café:  828-526-9922 – Offering curbside pickup and in-town delivery on full menu, along with beverages. Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 2:00 p.m.

​The Log Cabin:  828-526-5777 – Open for curbside pickup.

​The Pizza Place: 828-526-5660 – Offering curbside pickup and delivery.

​The Ugly Dog Public House: 828-526-8364 – Open for curbside pickup with specials and to-go beer and wine.

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