Outdoor eateries along Philly River Stroll open this weekend

River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Three new open-air restaurants open this weekend along the Delaware River, which have collectively been dubbed the Philly River Stroll.

“There's the Water Garden at Spruce Street Harbor Park, which is where the barges are. There's The Garden at the Cherry Street Pier, which is the beautiful pier and outdoor area at Cherry Street Pier. And the Race Street Beer Garden, which is a beer garden along the Race Street Pier,” explained Avram Hornik, owner of FCM Hospitality.

The three seasonal outdoor eateries were developed in partnership with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Social distancing remains a priority, so seating will be arranged in 15-minute increments by reservation only. Customers are also constrained to a two-hour maximum time limit.

“You'll only be allowed on if you have a reservation,” Hornik emphasized. “Everyone gets a bracelet, which is a certain color — similar to going to a roller skating rink or something like that — and when your time is up, someone will come around and let you know, ‘Hey, yellow bracelets, your time is up, please make room for the other people.’ ”

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Hornik, who is responsible for several outdoor dining establishments, said he’s learned a lot over the past few months about the industry amid a pandemic. 

“Most people really want to follow the rules. People want to be safe,” he said. “As long as you make it clear what the expectation is of people, they tend to follow them.”

Seating must be outside a restaurant’s “temperature envelope” — meaning if there is air conditioning or heat in the restaurant, you shouldn’t be able to feel it. 

Staff must wear masks at all times, and customers must wear them whenever they are not at their table. 

Tables must be at least 6 feet apart from one another, and standing is not allowed while eating or drinking. Everyone must be seated.

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