Bibb judge cites Roasted Café owner, orders wall removal

A Macon municipal court judge told the owners of Roasted Cafe & Lounge on Thursday that they have five weeks to remove the waist-high wooden wall that encloses their sidewalk cafe.

The judge also issued the restaurant a citation for installing the wall without the required approval from the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.

The court action ends months of challenges over the legality of the wall.

When it was being constructed, authority members said they told the restaurant owner to stop putting up the wall.

Mayor Robert Reichert eventually wrote the business a letter giving them 10 days to remove the wall or have it taken down.

Roasted then filed a lawsuit in Bibb Superior Court seeking an injunction to keep the city from tearing down the wall.

That case was dismissed because the citation was pending in city court.

Roasted owner Nick Rizkalla, who has resisted taking the wall down, said Thursday the business will install a new wall approved by the authority in the coming weeks.