Outdoor dining begins in New Orleans

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New Orleans restaurants can add seating and tables to portions of sidewalks, parking lots and parking lanes starting today.

It is part of the city’s grant-funded Outdoor Dining Program which better helps local restaurants serve customers through the city’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Through the program, 50 restaurants will receive $2,000 to build temporary dining areas in sidewalk cafe spaces or in off-street parking lots.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve asked my administration to think outside of the box and develop innovative new ways to support our business community and rethink the manner in which we use the public streetscape. The Outdoor Dining Program is one example of these efforts by doing what New Orleans does best: celebrating and making community in the street,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

“We know that the health regulations have taken a particularly hard toll on restaurants, which are some of the cornerstones of our community and culture. The Outdoor Dining Program has multiple benefits. It supports our businesses, it creates safe spaces for physical distancing, and it activates our streets. We’re excited to be building tools like the curbside dining and parklet permit to support our businesses for the long-term,” said Office of Economic Development Director, Jeff Schwartz.

The city manages the program with support from the New Orleans Business Alliance. In total, the city has committed $250,000 to the program.

For more information visit outdoordiningnola.com.