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Stamford diner owner to city: Let customers park in near-empty lot

The owner of the Springdale Diner in Stamford is asking for help from City Hall to make it easier for his customers to park at his business.

News 12 Staff

Nov 21, 2020, 12:44 AM

Updated 1,305 days ago

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The owner of the Springdale Diner in Stamford is asking for help from City Hall to make it easier for his customers to park at his business.
The diner is next door to the Springdale train station parking lot, which has had plenty of spots open since the pandemic began.
However, owner Chris Perisanides says the city has been leaving tickets on customers’ cars who park at the train station and now he's losing business when his lot is full.
He says if the city can shut down streets to help restaurants earn back lost revenue, why can’t the city let customers park in the near empty lot at the train station?
“It doesn't make sense,” says Perisanides. “I'm not asking for a free lot. I'm asking for a half-hour -- let them park, eat and go.” 
News 12 spoke with city officials who say they want to work with the diner and other businesses in Stamford to adjust during the pandemic. However, they say the spaces in the train station lot are paid for monthly by commuters.


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