‘Line in the sand’

If it weren’t for the planter boxes, the current fight over a pirate flag at Burgers & Vine might never have happened.

“I put in 100 hours on those planter boxes,” said Codi Binkley on Thursday, clarifying his position on why he and Carlo Cavallo, co-owners of the newly opened burger joint at 400 First St. E., are determined to leave the Jolly Roger up.

For the restaurateurs, the half-barrel planters – which Binkley built himself – became emblematic of the difficulties the two faced in getting their business open.

After installing them, they were told they needed approval from the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission, which they obtained.

“I put them back up,” Binkley said. “A week later, I get a letter from the city.” Now they needed architectural plans drawn up, featuring the planter boxes, to be submitted for a building permit.

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