Pusateri’s is embroiled in a class-tinged dust-up to keep its Yorkville valet parking zone

Pusateri’s is embroiled in a class-tinged dust-up to keep its Yorkville valet parking zone

High-end grocery store Pusateri’s is outraged over a recent proposal by resident council rogue Kristyn Wong-Tam to remove the valet parking area in front of its Bay Street shop. In 2003, Pusateri’s paid big bucks ($75,000) for the city to create a street indent called a “lay-by” that allows customers to stop momentarily and hand off their keys to the valet or to pop in and out for a quick bag of groceries. But now Wong-Tam wants to eliminate the cushy road space in order to double the width of the sidewalk (she says the move is part of the city’s larger plan to build a more walkable, livable city). For its part, Pusateri’s argues removing the lay-by will jeopardize the store’s very existence. After all, that Benz isn’t going to park itself. [Toronto Star]