Bowery goes back to town board with request

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Aldermen divided on how to handle parking lot gate.

The parking lot located behind the Bowery Restaurant on Main Street is connected to the town hall parking lot owned by the town of Franklin and is separated by a sliding gate. While the gate has been open from time to time in the past, since the Bowery opened last February the town has been more diligent in keeping it closed to prevent traffic from using the connector as a thoroughfare or shortcut, which was not the original intent of the road.

Monday night during the public comment period of the Board of Aldermen meeting, Gary Murphy with The Bowery asked the town to reconsider their decision to close the gate, as the restaurant’s customers could benefit from the road.