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The process of getting approval for a sidewalk cafe takes a restaurant at least 110 days and involves negotiations with the Community Board and dissatisfied neighbors, not to mention thousands of dollars. Charlie Bird's Ryan Hardy says his license cost $24,000, but on the plus side increased the restaurant's capacity by 25 percent. Some City Council proposals, however, are now aiming to streamline the process. [WSJ]

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