Driver plows through ‘street dining’ area outside Unicorn Brewing

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Significant damage was done to the “street dining” area outside of Unicorn Brewing in the Sellwood Neighborhood after a driver accidentally crashed into it around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Owner Zach Vestal said a car plowed into the area, hitting the tables and knocked off part of a roof. After canvasing the damage, Vestal said the costs to replace and repair will be about $2,500.

This is the second time a driver plowed into a seating area along SE Milwaukie Avenue. In October, a DUII driver crashed outside Poke Box Sushi Bar about a half mile away.

The seating area is part of a Portland Bureau of Transportation program allowing businesses to convert street parking into outdoor seating. For safety, businesses are required to set up reflectors and other traffic control devices. Restaurants also must have insurance.

Vestal said he was grateful that the incident did not involve any serious injuries. The driver was cited.

“Obviously first and foremost we are thankful no one was hurt or seriously,” he said. “My second thought was darn its a sunny afternoon and we were planning on being really busy today where is everyone going to sit?”

Unicorn Brewing has set up temporary tables while the other ones are fixed.

“Customers, thank you for your support small businesses. And drivers, please stay off your phones,” said Vestal.

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