The Lambert’s Cove Inn will offer outdoor dining once again this summer after getting the go-ahead from the West Tisbury select board Monday.

Dining in the inn’s garden began in 2020 as a Covid measure. In 2021, Jon Saunders purchased the inn and applied for a special permit to permanently allow outdoor dining.

But the inn has had a past contentious relationship with abutters over noise, and Mr. Saunders ended up pulling his application after receiving some pushback.

On Monday, Mr. Saunders asked the select board for a one-year extension of outdoor dining, an opportunity afforded by recent pandemic-related policy extensions made by the state.

“It’s very important to our business,” Mr. Saunders said.

Abutters at the meeting were broadly supportive of the move. While expressing some concern, they emphasized improvements at the inn under Mr. Saunders's ownership.

“It’s a much better relationship than the people before them,” said Tucker Hubble.

The board voted to allow them to seat up to 30 outdoor diners at a time until Oct 15.

In other business, the board voted to appoint Jeffrey (Skipper) Manter as chairman and Jessica Miller as vice chair.