Restaurants push to keep street food
Restaurant owners want outdoor dining spaces, adopted in response to the pandemic, to be more permanent.
This includes the various tents and outdoor shelters set up to help keep business going without as much risk of catching COVID.
CNBC writes that in July, the San Francisco supervisory board voted to make the food parks permanent, while Atlanta and Philadelphia are considering similar things. And small towns, including Fairfax, Calif., Are also thinking about it, after conducting a survey in August to see if they should do the same, with 91% of 987 respondents saying they should.
However, some naysayers don’t like loud outside customers or the smaller number of parking spaces.
Other opponents cited by CNBC say safety could be a concern, with a story about a Manhattan sanitation truck mistakenly picking up a street side food court with someone inside and dragging her down the street. And there have been cases of rats. And during that time, the weather issues arose, with the colder winter temperatures posing threats to the street side tent business model and the like.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the parking problem, saying the program saved around 100,000 restaurant jobs.
Many restaurants have maintained street side dining facilities and plan to do so even during the winter. That said, the presence of vaccines has made so many people more comfortable dining indoors – although other viral variants have complicated matters.
PYMNTS recently reported that there is another hurdle these days in proving vaccine requirements. The report says some quick-service restaurants have closed their seats to avoid needing vaccines. This includes White Castle, which had closed dining venues in more than 20 locations in New York City, as well as Taco Bell and McDonald’s locations there as well.
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