Bristol starts approving new outdoor dining plans

Town gives fast-track approval to some outdoor dining plans, while other restaurants use patios and sidewalks

Posted 5/21/20

While people continue to enjoy takeout from local restaurants, several of those that can adapt to the state’s newest outdoor dining regulations are trying to do so. The town has, to date, …

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Bristol starts approving new outdoor dining plans

Town gives fast-track approval to some outdoor dining plans, while other restaurants use patios and sidewalks

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While people continue to enjoy takeout from local restaurants, several of those that can adapt to the state’s newest outdoor dining regulations are trying to do so. The town has, to date, fast-tracked three outdoor dining applications:

• Judge Roy Bean will be temporarily taking over two or three parking spaces at the bottom of State Street;

• The Hope Diner has been approved for a tent that will hold 10 tables;

• Green Eggs and Ham will be expanding into adjacent outdoor space in Belltower Plaza.

“We have been able to get approval from the Department of Public Works, the Town Administrator’s office, the Fire and Police departments, all within 24 hours,” said Town Administrator Steven Contente.

Preparations are also being made at the Portside Tavern for additional outdoor dining, though those plans were in the works prior to the town’s fast-tracking system; it was anticipated that they would be approved at Wednesday night’s Town Council meeting.

Other restaurants, like the Beehive Café, were able to open on Monday by using their existing footprint and staying within the state’s guidelines.

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