Columbus to make temporary outdoor restaurant seating permanent

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The city of Columbus has decided that outdoor street dining can stay.

Originally a measure to help restaurants stay open during the pandemic, temporary outdoor dining will become permanent from March 14.

“The city’s successful outdoor dining pilot project has supported our local restaurants as they battled adversity over the past two years,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Making this program permanent celebrates the resilience of the industry and supports our local economy as our community gets back on track and customers want to dine comfortably.”

The program will continue to operate as it did when it launched in the summer of 2020, with restaurants seeking approval for a permit from the city to use the right-of-way to expand seating in dining areas across the city. street. The city is planning barriers that maintain a distance between diners and traffic.

“Columbus’ restaurant community is eager to restart street dining and expand patios. The expanded space for restaurant patrons adds vibrancy to our neighborhoods, keeps workers employed and helps drive additional sales for operators as they continue to rebound from the pandemic,” said John Barker, President and Chief from the leadership of the Ohio Restaurant Association. “ORA was pleased to partner with city management to learn from a pilot program last year and now make it a permanent fixture of our city’s restaurant scene. »

For restaurants interested in expanding their dining outdoors, they will be required to provide the city with a site plan that complies with all federal, state and local laws. For more information on the program, you can click here.

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