As lockdown orders start to ease and businesses begin to re-open, ensuring sufficient space for customers and employees alike remains a critical need. For the restaurant industry, which employs over 15 million Americans and operates on thin margins, each table matters. To aid in economic recovery, a growing number of cities are reimagining the street as a place for outdoor eating, allowing restaurants to make up for lost indoor seating capacity with outside tables.
In partially-opened Tampa, restaurants are utilizing closed streets and parking spaces to serve dine-in customers. Jersey City is gearing up for reopening, laying the groundwork for an expanded parklet program to provide space for restaurants to accommodate patrons outside. In this webinar, we’ll hear from both cities about their rapidly developed programs, and from NACTO Director of Design Zabe Bent on a new resource NACTO will be releasing this week.