MADISON (WKOW) – The City of Madison has created a “Streatery” Restaurant Recovery Program to allow for an expansion of al fresco dining.
The Mayor’s Interim Order temporarily allows restaurants to extend outdoor dining on public sidewalks, on-street parking areas or in private parking lots through a streamlined administrative approval process, allowing restaurants to ” expand their capacity while applying physical distancing guidelines.
“Our new Madison Steatery program is a direct response to demands from neighborhoods and small businesses to create new opportunities for alfresco dining, place creation and physical distancing,” Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in a statement. Press release. “I am delighted to open our streets for seating so that we can enjoy the summer with great food and support the local businesses that make our city so special, while maintaining good practices to prevent the community spread of COVID. -19. The sustainability of our small business community is important, and this is just one of the ways the City can help.
Tiffany Kenney, Executive Director of the Central Business Improvement District of Madison, said, “We look forward to working with the city to find creative ways to get restaurants back in business. I don’t know what could be more fun than spending time at a beer garden in downtown Madison.
This program is temporary and will expire on October 25, 2020 or the date Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) allows restaurants to resume normal operations, whichever occurs first. This program is subject to all local, state and federal health ordinances, laws and guidelines. Further guidance and information will be communicated as details of the program are finalized.