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    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown, normally teeming with tourists and local residents on a typical afternoon, have been relatively empty for months during the COVID-19 outbreak and current surge of new cases. It’s been a tough go particularly for restaurant owners, who have had to shutter their eateries since mid-March due to the business restrictions put into place prohibiting indoor dining to slow the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, officials with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Chinatown Community Development Center will launch a campaign to support outdoor dining in the district. “Chinatown is what it is known for because of its restaurants and food culture,” Chinese Chamber of Commerce officials said...
    Mayor Bill De Blasio announced the New York City’s Open Restaurants program will return next year, hinting that the program may become permanent seasonal fixture following its successful run this year. The program, which helped 9,000 restaurants reopen their doors and expand outdoor dining services amid the pandemic, will start again on June 1, 2021. City officials are also looking to start it earlier next spring and extend this year’s October 31 end date, de Blasio announced at his daily coronavirus press conference on Monday. 'We’re going to look at whether we can go farther this year, that’s still an open question,' he said. Mayor Bill De Blasio announced Monday New York City’s Open Restaurants program will return next...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Outdoor dining will come back next year beginning on June 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, although the start date could potentially be bumped up to earlier next spring.  Over 9,700 restaurants have been issued outdoor dining permits, according to the Department of Transportation, which allows for eateries to set up tables and chairs on sidewalks and streets. The mayor said that 80,000 New Yorkers have been able to regain their jobs in the restaurant business due to the initiative, according to City Hall. That success, along with New Yorkers’ ability to abide by social distancing rules at outdoor...
    New York City’s outdoor dining program, born out of the coronavirus crisis, will return next year whether or not there’s a resurgence of the killer bug — and the city is also looking at extending the program this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. De Blasio, speaking during his daily City Hall press briefing, said that more than 9,000 eateries across the five boroughs were taking part in the city’s “Open Restaurants” initiative. Hizzoner recently extended the program through Oct. 31, but said Monday restaurants may be able to continue utilizing seating on city sidewalks and curb lanes beyond that date. “We’re going to look at whether we can go farther this year. It’s still an open question,” de...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City When their landlords come calling for the rent check during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and bars across New York City are increasingly unable to foot the bill — or even half of it. That’s the key finding in a survey that the NYC Hospitality Alliance conducted during late July, as eateries across the five boroughs were back in business with limited outdoor dining options. The results of the survey, released Monday morning, found that just 17.2% of respondents said that they were able to pay 50% or more of their rent. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they gave their landlords...
    James Middleton has been revealing rare glimpses into his parent Mike and Carole at their Bucklebury mansion as he isolates with the family during the coronavirus pandemic. The entrepreneur, 33, the younger sibling of the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, and Pippa Middleton, 36, has been staying at their parents Carole and Michael's home throughout lockdown with his French fiancée Alizee Thevenet.  James has regularly been sharing snaps and videos from his stay in Berkshire, with his Instagram offering royal fans a sneak peek into the stunning manor house that Kate Middleton's parents have called home since 2012. The couple are believed to have snapped up the seven-bedroom property, which features a tennis court, swimming pool and a library, for £4.7...
    PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — On a sunny Sunday evening, Palo Alto’s University Ave. was crowded with local residents taking advantage of the city’s decision to shutdown the main street to allow al fresco dining. Business was brisk at Local Union 271, a farm-to-table restaurant.   “I love it, I hope they keep it, I think it’s great to be sitting outside, and enjoying the fresh air and seeing everybody walking by,” said Deborah Taylor of Palo Alto. As part of the Summer Streets program, Palo Alto officials closed University from Cowper to High Streets to car traffic to allow for more outdoor dining and support retailers. But not everyone is pleased with the closure. “I think the city...
    On a balmy evening in Atwater Village, diners at candlelit tables shared plates of Cuban food and flights of beer, serenaded by an accordion player down the block. The scene was almost romantic, but for one catch: The tables were a few feet from rush-hour traffic zipping past on Glendale Boulevard. “A table in a parking space, I was a little surprised,” utility inspector Luis Castillo said as he and a co-worker ate blackened tilapia and arroz con pollo. “But it’s nice to sit down and eat.” The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped commutes, workplaces and schools. Now, Southern California’s street network, the region’s largest public space, is transforming, too. With COVID-19 cases surging, and indoor dining banned, more...
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Live music outside of a local coffee shop set the atmosphere for day two of a community trying to stick together. Downtown Roseville was reimagined to make way for more outdoor dining. “I don’t think this COVID is gonna win,” Michael McDermott, owner of The Place said. McDermott is hoping downtown Roseville and his restaurant will soon be “The Place” to eat again. He’s been feeding his community for the last decade. This year, he said, has by far been the hardest. “This is wicked strange,” McDermott said of the impact the pandemic has had on businesses like his. Many are now forced to innovate with every challenge the stay-at-home order has thrown at local businesses. “We...
    One of the city’s priciest restaurants is taking up too much sidewalk space and exposing pedestrians to maskless outdoor diners on Central Park South, local residents charge. Marea, a Michelin-starred Italian seafood restaurant overlooking Central Park, has also set up six outdoor tables in an adjacent courtyard — a space for which the posh eatery has yet to file for a liquor license, a state official told The Post. Restaurants that expand their outdoor seating area in adjacent areas to conform with pandemic dining rules have five days to submit diagrams of the space to the State Liquor Authority for approval. On the sidewalk, Marea’s 11 tables are set up under scaffolding “effectively cutting the sidewalk in half,” said a...
    By BRAD ALLEN, Beloit Daily News BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Residents hitting the town for drinks and food had a new outdoor experience over the weekend in downtown Beloit. Tamsie Lamoreaux, general manager of the downtown restaurant truk’t, said her staff could not have been more excited about the new dining arrangements. “It’s exciting to be able to extend our dining room space, to be able to have a fun experience in downtown Beloit,” Lamoreaux told the Beloit Daily News. Downtown Beloit Al Fresco on Grand began Friday night, July 24, allowing local businesses to serve customers outdoors while the road was closed to traffic. The event takes place each Friday and Saturday from 4—9 p.m., and it runs through...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In recent years, Market Square has become a foodie paradise, attracting locals and visitors alike to its many restaurants. But that could be changing as some restaurants close during this pandemic. Some downtown leaders are worried that Market Square is changing for the worse. “Where does it end? It’s ruining Market Square,” says John Valentine, executive director of the Downtown Community Development Corporation. Valentine is worried that big banks will take over restaurant locations in Market Square. His latest concern? Rumors that the closed Bruegger’s Bagels will become a branch for Chase Bank. “That’s more outdoor dining that we could lose,” Valentine told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Friday. Valentine says it began with the Diamond...
    It’s a sultry, steamy night at Italian restaurant Lusardi’s on the Upper East Side. Twelve-wheel tractor-trailers barrel down Second Avenue, separated from us by a mere 18-inch-thick wooden planter. Bicycles whiz through the lane between the tables and the sidewalk. The air’s a wet sock. But who cares? “I think it’s fun,” my normally risk-averse friend Stephen says. Maybe it’s fun because a bare-legged dude in a skirt, a familiar and friendly neighborhood sidewalk presence, draws smiles for a style that’s outside the normal Upper East Side box. Maybe it’s because favorite Italian dishes, like veal martini, are as good as they were indoors — despite being turned out by a skeleton-crew kitchen. And there isn’t a tourist in sight....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New Yorkers will have more outdoor dining options on the weekends as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced 15 additional weekend street closures to allow for expanded outdoor dining options.The initiative combines the popular Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs to increase restaurant seating options onto car-free streets on weekends for select corridors throughout the five boroughs."New Yorkers deserve more public space in our ongoing fight against COVID-19, and we're proud to offer more places to get a safe outdoor meal on the weekends," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "With two extra months of outdoor dining now approved, restaurants will have more chances than ever to get back on their feet. We're excited to build on...
    Californians couldn't help but poke fun at the Glendale Galleria parking garage that was turned into an outdoor dining space amid the pandemic - but customers and vendors are just happy it's there. On Friday, the Glendale Galleria shopping center in Los Angeles County unveiled it's new ooutdoor food court in its parking garage after indoor dining was shut down for a second time.  Photos of the makeshift venue show small tables with up to four chairs, all six feet apart, situated in a parking garage as long pipes and support beams hang overhead. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape for struggling restaurants and eateries, and many are simply looking for ways to financially stay afloat. The...
    The long-awaited reopening of Felina in Ridgewood is here. Helmed by renowned chef Anthony Bucco, the contemporary Italian restaurant has been closed for more than four months due to COVID-19. The restaurant will open with a limited menu for outdoor dining on its sidewalk Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tables will also be available on Prospect Street Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The rooftop bar will be open by Labor Day, Bucco said. The limited menu includes mini white pizzas with corn and cotija cheese; rigatoni with pork belly, amish chicken with arugula, skirt steak, a side of crispy potatoes, desserts of coco crumble,...
    With the number of dining room customers reduced by COVID-19 restrictions, the Leesburg will close a block of South King Street every Friday and Saturday night to create temporary outdoor dining areas for nearby businesses in the Virginia town. Starting Friday, July 31, South King Street — also known as Virginia Route 15 — will be closed, between Market and Loudoun Streets, at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Participating restaurants will be able to host customers outdoors in the shut-down block, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., weather permitting. Restaurants taking part this weekend include Black Hoof Brewing Company, Delirium Cafe, Echelon Wine Bar, King Street Oyster Bar, Leesburg Gourmet, and The Wine Kitchen, according to a news release...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — City engineers are beginning the schematic design phase of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Master Plan makeover, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell announced Wednesday. The plan envisions wider sidewalks, more space for amenities like sidewalk dining, additional shade trees, enhanced lighting, a mobility lane and additional pedestrian safety features. (credit: Heart Of Hollywood) “This began as an effort to bring a cohesive, holistic design centered around residents and pedestrians to the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” O’Farrell said. “In the wake of COVID-19, the goals of this project are even more important. Enhancing public spaces is not only good for our collective psyche, but also for a local economy that is being challenged by the pandemic.” The project, which...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may have endured criticism for taking less than a lukewarm approach opening streets for social distancing and to prevent an influx of vehicles during the pandemic, but local organizations are filling the gap. Mott Street from Worth to Moscoe has outdoor seating for ten restaurants and over 100 customers who will be able to enjoy some of best Asian food Chinatown has to offer in an enclosure free from cars, according to organizers. Apart from the city Department of Transportation which authorized the street closure, the Rockwell Group and Dine Out NYC is attempting to make a...
    ROGERS PARK — The city will allow Jarvis Avenue businesses to close the street for expanded outdoor dining, reversing a decision to have diners and drivers share the road in a set-up that worried some business owners. Jarvis Avenue is one of 11 city streets that have been approved for the new expanded outdoor dining program, which allows restaurants to extend seating into the roadway. But unlike the city’s other expanded dining areas, Jarvis Avenue businesses were told to keep a lane of the street open to traffic. That didn’t sit well with some of the participating businesses, who worried about safety and said having car traffic so close to diners made for an unpleasant experience. The...
    LAKEVIEW — Soraya Rendon’s Mexican tapas restaurant can only seat 10 people indoors because of coronavirus safety restrictions. Like many other restaurants throughout the city, she wants to expand outdoors so she can serve more diners. But more than a month after she applied for an outdoor dining city permit, Rendon, owner of Chilam Balam at 3023 N. Broadway, still hasn’t been approved. And patio season is waning. “Winter will be here soon enough, so by the time I even get my permit, I’d get only two months of income from it,” Rendon said. Chilam Balam, a Mexican tapas restaurant in Lakeview, can only hold 10 customers indoors under current capacity limits due to the coronavirus pandemic.Provided/Chilam Balam Outdoor...
    From mid-March until early June, the jungle on West 28th Street was nowhere to be found. Instead, the boxwoods and hydrangeas that once lined the sidewalks along Sixth Avenue were in storage, the latest victims of the coronavirus. Like the restaurants, barber shops and tailors forced by New York’s health officials to shut their doors for several months, Ashok Kumar’s Tropical Plants & Orchids Inc. also had to close because of the pandemic. When the shop was allowed to reopen its landscaping business in June, the first order Kumar received was from the United Nations, whose greenery he is in charge of refreshing every month. The UN’s campus had been without fresh flowers and plants for months and was looking...
    From mid-March until early June, the jungle on West 28th Street was nowhere to be found. Instead, the boxwoods and hydrangeas that once lined the sidewalks along Sixth Avenue were in storage, the latest victims of the coronavirus. Like the restaurants, barber shops and tailors forced by New York’s health officials to shut their doors for several months, Ashok Kumar’s Tropical Plants & Orchids Inc. also had to close because of the pandemic. When the shop was allowed to reopen its landscaping business in June, the first order Kumar received was from the United Nations, whose greenery he is in charge of refreshing every month. The UN’s campus had been without fresh flowers and plants for months and was looking...
    ROGERS PARK — As Sandra Carter was getting her business ready for the second weekend of Jarvis Square’s expanded outdoor dining program, she took some time Friday to play traffic cop. While rearranging tables on Taste Food & Wine’s outdoor patio, Carter stopped to tell pedestrians wandering along Jarvis Avenue that the street they thought was closed to traffic actually wasn’t. As patrons gathered in the dining area that expands onto Jarvis, Carter motioned at oncoming drivers to slow down, pointing to the shared street set-up. “You see traffic just barreling down,” said Carter, who co-owns Taste Food & Wine. “We’re not comfortable with it. I’m absolutely terrified.” Jarvis Avenue is among at least 10 city streets...
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- On any given day, the Glendale Galleria parking lot would be packed with cars.COVID-19 has changed all of that since the mall is closed.Now the mall is getting creative to help restaurants struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.There are tables set up for outdoor dining at the multi-level parking garage. It might not be the ideal setup since cars are passing in and out for curbside pickup and parking."It's kind of a little odd to be sitting in a garage, but I think people are happy to be sitting outside eating the food that they really enjoy," said Steven Sayers, senior general manager for the Glendale Galleria.The Glendale Galleria first closed in March, but then reopened...
    This one is in the key of Cuomo. A comedian-musician seized on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s distinctive speaking cadence — by setting one of his coronavirus press conferences to song. NYC comedian Brooks Allison remixed Cuomo’s defense of his strict food-with-drinks requirement over guitar, bass and drums, with the instruments mirroring the executive’s sometimes-musical, sometimes-monotonous cadences. “We opened outdoor dining,” Cuomo says at the beginning of the song, which Allison posted in an Instagram video on Saturday. “Dining is you go with you friends, you sit at a table, you stay at the table and you only connect with… dining,” Cuomo says, at which point the beat drops and the word “dining” repeats eight times. The song goes out on...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A two-block stretch of San Francisco's Valencia Street is now open for pedestrians and closed to cars.The city's multi-agency Shared Spaces program is to create space for outdoor dining and physical distance. Two blocks on Valencia Street in SF will close to vehicles every Thursday-Sunday from 4-10pm and run until November to promote outdoor dining and physical distancing. Five & Diamond formal wear opened on March 6th and now sells masks to help make rent.@abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/qslTTFZcuq— Lauren Martinez (@LMartinezNews) July 26, 2020Two blocks on Valencia Street between 16th and 17th, and 18th and 19th will be closed to traffic every Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This will last until Sunday November 1.Los...
    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- There have been several cases where drivers have crashed through makeshift seating areas since the return of outdoor dining amid the coronavirus pandemic.The latest incident happened Saturday when a van slammed into a cafe on the Upper East Side.It occurred at around lunch time on 1st Avenue near 74th Street.Police say no one was hurt.In Brooklyn, jarring surveillance video shows an out-of-control vehicle plowing into an outdoor dining area on July 21.EMBED More News Videos Jarring surveillance video shows an out-of-control vehicle plowing into an outdoor dining area outside L'wren in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Security footage shows a pickup truck crashing into L'Wren's curbside dining area around dusk on Tuesday.RELATED | Is dining outside...
    MORGAN HILL (KPIX) — Morgan Hill is feeling the same economic pressures from the pandemic as any other place but this community is showing how much can be accomplished when you embrace change rather than try to resist it. Morgan Hill is working to make outdoor dining an ongoing attraction. The sidewalks outside restaurants are full of tables that, on some blocks, extend into the street. City government had to ease regulations to make it happen “With this new norm of ‘the future is outside’ we’ve actually partnered with our community to help our businesses thrive through this pandemic,” Mayor Rich Constantine told KPIX. But it’s not enough just to drag tables outside so the city is offering $2,500...
    A 100-year-old New York City eatery will soon be able to expand its outdoor dining after winning a month-long battle against CitiBike and thanks to help from famous faces like Sarah Jessica Parker.  The Sex and the City Actress shared a 7 On Your Side story detailing the struggles Gene's Restaurant in West Village was having with the company, owned by Lyft. Eight docking stations had been blocking the restaurant's access to the street directly out in front of it, and the restaurant was close to bankruptcy as a result of COVID-19's disastrous impact on the city. The Sex and the City Actress took to Instagram on July 15 to advocate for Gene's Restaurant, a 100-year-old West Village struggling...
    During the summer of the coronavirus, when all restaurant meals are consumed outside, the new flex is flower-power dining. Making the best of a bad situation, this season’s hot spots are wooing Big Apple foodies with explosions of stems and blossoms. Scarpetta, an Italian mainstay famous for its spaghetti with tomato and basil, launches an al fresco takeover of 29th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues on Aug. 1 (orange trees and a floral awning are promised). Meanwhile, just opened for outdoor supping amidst an explosion of blue blossoms is the Italian seafood and pasta mecca Marea, helmed by celebrated chef Michael White. The folks behind the look — designer Alsun Keogh and florist Carlos Franqui — see lush exteriors...
    During the summer of the coronavirus, when all restaurant meals are consumed outside, the new flex is flower-power dining. Making the best of a bad situation, this season’s hot spots are wooing Big Apple foodies with explosions of stems and blossoms. Scarpetta, an Italian mainstay famous for its spaghetti with tomato and basil, launches an al fresco takeover of 29th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues on Aug. 1 (orange trees and a floral awning are promised). Meanwhile, just opened for outdoor supping amidst an explosion of blue blossoms is the Italian seafood and pasta mecca Marea, helmed by celebrated chef Michael White. The folks behind the look — designer Alsun Keogh and florist Carlos Franqui — see lush exteriors...
    LAKEVIEW — The city’s first outdoor dining program, which closed a stretch of Broadway in June so restaurants could expand their patio seating into the street, is set to continue through September, according to local leaders. But businesses need help footing the costs. Maureen Martino, executive director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, said the “Dine Out on Broadway” program was renewed for one weekend each month through September after its pilot helped restaurants make up some of the financial loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The chamber is rolling out a second outdoor dining program next weekend for restaurants along Sheffield Avenue from Belmont to School Street, Martino said. “Our businesses have been accumulating debt and some...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday defended his strict food-with-drinks requirement as a way to quell curbside boozing, saying the rule has always existed — as state law. “There is no bar that only serves alcohol,” Cuomo said at a press conference at his Manhattan office Thursday when asked about The Post front page story that labeled him “Drinktator” for his edict that a bar patron must order a food dish if they want to drink. “To be a bar, you had to have food available — soups, sandwiches, etc. More than just hors d’oeuvres, chicken wings. You had to have some substantive food — the lowest level of substantive food were sandwiches.” The governor’s comments come a day after a...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s been a major setback on the road to recovery for small businesses in Philadelphia. The city is likely postponing the reopening of indoor dining. For many restaurant owners, Aug. 1 was a date circled in red. It was expected businesses could allow restricted indoor dining on that date. But with increases in COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, that likely won’t be happening. For Bobby Saritsoglou, opening his own restaurant — Stina — was always his dream. “It’s named after my wife, Christina,” he said. “We have really great pizza. We have a wood-burning oven.” ‘This Is Not Going To Be Florida’: Pennsylvania Health Officials Focused On Reversing Rising COVID-19 Cases In State The tiny 24-seat spot in...
    ROGERS PARK — A portion of the Jarvis Square business corridor will close to car traffic on weekends through at least the summer, allowing for expanded outdoor dining for four area restaurants. Jarvis Avenue from the “L” tracks to Glenwood Avenue will close from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday as part of the city’s pilot program to close neighborhoods streets for more outdoor dining. The city has closed at least 10 other streets to help restaurants struggling through the coronavirus pandemic expand the number of customers they can serve. Under the pilot, restaurants in groups of three or more can apply for outdoor seating that extends into the street. In Rogers Park, four restaurants received the OK...
    The new patio at The Handsome Hog on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, June 2020. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press) Server Calvin Kunst delivers lunch to Carol March and Patrick Smith as they enjoy the new patio at the Handsome Hog, 173 Western Avenue in St. Paul, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press) Tyler Edmonds, left, and Zane Richards enjoy lunch at the bar of the new patio at the Handsome Hog, 173 Western Avenue in St. Paul, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press) Spare Ribs served at the new patio at the Handsome Hog, 173 Western Avenue in St. Paul, Thursday,...
    Surveillance video shows a pick-up truck hurtling into a seating area outside a Brooklyn restaurant, injuring three people. At least one diner, as well as a couple of tables and chairs, were thrown to the ground when the vehicle slammed into a barrier outside the L’Wren bar in Sunset Park Tuesday evening, according to the shocking footage obtained by WABC. Three people were hurt, but their injuries were not deemed to be serious. Police said the 22-year-old driver had been operating the vehicle without a license. He was given a summons. The eatery’s owner told the outlet that the driver tried to pull away after the crash, but was flagged down. “I honestly never thought any of this stuff...
    Surveillance video shows a pick-up truck hurtling into a seating area outside a Brooklyn restaurant, injuring three people. At least one diner, as well as a couple of tables and chairs, were thrown to the ground when the vehicle slammed into a barrier outside the L’Wren bar in Sunset Park Tuesday evening, according to the shocking footage obtained by WABC. Three people were hurt, but their injuries were not deemed to be serious. Police said the 22-year-old driver had been operating the vehicle without a license. He was given a summons. The eatery’s owner told the outlet that the driver tried to pull away after the crash, but was flagged down. “I honestly never thought any of this stuff would...
    CALIFORNIA's new coronavirus dining rules state that wings, calamari, and fries aren't real meals – so customers can't get booze if they order them. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agency announced the news as the state cracks down on outdoor restaurants serving alcohol to stop the spread of COVID-19. Sheila Kelly, owner of Powell's Steamer Co. & Pub, center, stands behind makeshift barriers at her restaurant in the El Dorado CountyCredit: AP:Associated Press Wings aren't on the menu in CA if you want boozeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Couple sharing calamari dish won't be able to order alcohol unless they are order something more 'substantial' to accompany itCredit: Getty Images - Getty The ABC's guidelines delve into what constitutes a "meal"...
    NEW YORK -- Jarring surveillance video shows an out-of-control vehicle plowing into an outdoor dining area in New York.Security footage shows a pickup truck crashing into L'Wren's curbside dining area around dusk on Tuesday.The car slammed into several tables where patrons were eating.WATCH | SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS CRASHEMBED More News Videos Jarring surveillance video shows an out-of-control vehicle plowing into an outdoor dining area in Brooklyn. Three people were hurt, but fortunately their injuries were not serious.Restaurants are required to put up 6-inch planters or barricades to provide a buffer between diners and traffic."I honestly never thought any of this stuff would happen, you know we built the barrier pretty tough to where if it does happen they would be...
    Three people have been rushed to hospital after a pick-up truck plowed into an outdoor dining area in Brooklyn.  Surveillance footage shows shows a blue Ford hurtling into a seating barrier set up outside L'Wren in Sunset Park on Tuesday evening.  The impact knocked two women and one man to the ground and they were taken to nearby Lutheran hospital with minor injuries, according to FOX 5.  The video shows tables and chairs were also flying into the air, as other patrons shot out of their seats to escape the oncoming vehicle.  Fox 5 NY Privacy Policy Surveillance footage shows shows a blue Ford hurtling into a seating barrier set up outside L'Wren in Sunset Park on Tuesday...
    California says chicken wings, cheese sticks, fried calamari and french fries are not considered meals as it cracks down on outdoor restaurants that are offering drinks without food as the state battles a surge in COVID-19 cases.  The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control agency has issued guidelines on what constitutes as a 'meal' after Governor Gavin Newsom reversed reopening measures last month by ordering all bars to shut. While bars are now closed, restaurants can still offer outdoor dining across the state.  The alcohol agency posted guidance on its website to help licensed venues adhere to requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic.  On the list are snacks including pretzels, nuts, popcorn, pickles and chips. California's Alcoholic Beverage Control agency has issued guidelines on what constitutes...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — San Jose has joined cities around the Bay Area in implementing a “safe streets” program to give people and businesses room to spread out. Just after sunrise, crews began shutting down San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets, placing concrete barriers in the roadway to block vehicle traffic. The city calls it an Al Fresco Dining Street Closure, which restaurants have been hungering for and talking about for months. “You know it takes a Herculean effort between all the agencies and groups that have to pull this together; the city, the public safety, all those departments,” said Autumn Young Interim Managing Director at San Jose Downtown Association. “And the permit process, which...
    SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Jarring surveillance video shows an out-of-control vehicle plowing into an outdoor dining area in Brooklyn.Security footage shows a pickup truck crashing into a restaurant's curbside dining area on Tuesday.RELATED | Is dining outside really safe during coronavirus pandemic? Experts weigh inThe car slammed into several tables where patrons were eating.Three people were hurt, but fortunately their injuries were not serious.The driver, who has not been charged, stayed at the scene.RELATED | Outdoor dining gets creative aboard aircraft carrier, in greenhouses, and on rooftops----------* More Brooklyn news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has tightened New York's outdoor dining rules to force bars to sell substantial amounts of food, and not just snacks, with drinks - a move that has been labeled a 'thumb in the eye' to an already crippled industry.  On June 22, outdoor dining resumed in New York City which brought long-awaited relief to the hospitality industry and to the remaining residents eager to patronize them.  At the time, Cuomo did not specify that only restaurants could provide the service.  The city's bars, eager to finally make money again, leaped on the chance to set up high-top tables and chairs in designated street spaces.  Most complied with social distancing rules and enforced them but some...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY FANNI FRANKL The Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID) recently unveiled a new outdoor dining initiative called “parklets” to aid restaurant owners during the pandemic. These “parklets” use the parking space provided to the restaurants to enhance the outdoor space and to create a neighborhood that is welcoming to workers and customers as businesses reopen. The new development is part of New York City’s ‘Open Restaurants’ initiative to provide restaurants with more outdoor seating to welcome as many customers as possible. The “parklets” provide expanded seating next to the street consistent with the City’s requirements. The neighborhood has seen a...
    Down The Hatch in Lahaina, Hawaii. Lanny D./Yelp Yelp determined the best outdoor bars in every state. Some specialize in local draft beers, while others are known for their delicious tacos and margaritas. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on dining out — or, more literally, dining in — restaurant and bar-goers nationwide are taking their love of dining and drinking outdoors. While the CDC states that outdoor dining and drinking is safer than indoor dining during the pandemic, it's still important to follow every precaution while dining out, including distancing from others, wearing a face mask whenever possible, and washing your hands frequently.  Insider teamed...
    San Jose is joining the many cities shutting down streets to drive-through traffic to allow restaurants to expand their alfresco dining options during the coronavirus era. Starting Wednesday morning, San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St.John streets will close to vehicles. Street trees and barriers should be in place well before San Pedro Square restaurants start serving lunch. The alfresco dining program will remain in place through at least September, according to the city and the San Jose Downtown Association. Previously, closures of this street had been limited to San Pedro Square celebrations and activities during the days leading up to events like the Super Bowl in 2016 and the College Football National Championship in 2019. In the weeks...
    If you thought snagging a reservation at popular Big Apple eateries was hard before the coronavirus pandemic — think again. Since outdoor-only dining kicked off in New York City nearly one month ago amid the coronavirus crisis, reservations have been even tougher to get as some restaurants have been scheduling reservations two to four weeks in advance, Eater.com reported Tuesday. Popular city eateries like Wayla on the Lower East Side, Rezdôra in the Flatiron District, and Lilia in Williamsburg started listing their street, curbside and backyard tables on online reservation platforms earlier this month — and within hours, nearly all of their tables were already booked two weeks in advance, according to the food news site. When Lilia reopened...
    A student at the University of Notre Dame has shared a video of the socially-distanced outdoor dining hall on campus to reveal the bleak reality of what life will be like at the school this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.   Mary-Kate, who is a senior year at the Catholic university in Notre Dame, Indiana, took to TikTok this past weekend to post footage of the white tent that was erected outside the dinning all for more spacious seating.  'My college is going back this semester despite a pandemic — and THIS is what the outdoor dining hall looks like,' she captioned the footage of the tent, which was filled with nothing but black folding chairs and a few tables that were...
    If you thought snagging a reservation at popular Big Apple eateries was hard before the coronavirus pandemic — think again. Since outdoor-only dining kicked off in New York City nearly one month ago amid the coronavirus crisis, reservations have been even tougher to get as some restaurants have been scheduling reservations two to four weeks in advance, Eater.com reported Tuesday. Popular city eateries like Wayla on the Lower East Side, Rezdôra in the Flatiron District, and Lilia in Williamsburg started listing their street, curbside and backyard tables on online reservation platforms earlier this month — and within hours, nearly all of their tables were already booked two weeks in advance, according to the food news site. When Lilia reopened for...
    The state has indefinitely suspended the liquor licenses of three restaurants and bars in Queens — including a problem lounge that has recently drawn crowds of partiers — for violating coronavirus social distancing rules, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. “The state is taking action,” Cuomo told reporters about the State Liquor Authority crackdown during a conference call, adding, “I’m sorry it’s come to this, but it’s a dangerous situation and I’ve said it many, many times.” Brik Astoria and M.I.A (Made In Astoria) as well as Maspeth Pizzeria, all in Queens, had their liquor licenses yanked for not following COVID-19 safety protocols. According to the governor’s office, Brik Astoria — which was hit over the weekend with...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City They flouted the law, and the law won. Three Queens businesses lost their liquor licenses Tuesday at the order of Governor Andrew Cuomo for welcoming throngs of partygoers over the weekend in spite of COVID-19 crowd restrictions. Two of the three affected businesses are in Astoria: Brik Bar at 32-16 Steinway St. and M.I.A. at 27-35 21st St. The neighborhood was one of several New York City hotspots for street parties held during the weekend of July 17-19. A fourth business on Long Island, the Secrets Gentlemen’s Club in Deer Park, also had its liquor license pulled for similar issues. Both...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Some restaurants have gotten creative with the way they setup their outdoor spaces. Some have moved into the street, others have taken to the rooftops, while others are using greenhouses and even an aircraft carrier."This was the world's smallest aircraft carrier that was used during the Vietnam War," said Michael Trenk, of Baylander Steel Beach.It's now Baylander Steel Beach, an outdoor restaurant docked at 125th Street in the Hudson River."During rocky waters this has stabilized my livelihood with this outdoor venture," Trenk said.Trenk also owns a live music bar which he can't currently make any money on. So he moved his staff there. Pass the pre-boarding test and anchor for food, drinks and views."We have...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Some restaurants have gotten creative with the way they setup their outdoor spaces. Some have moved into the street, others have taken to the rooftops, while others are using greenhouses and even an aircraft carrier."This was the world's smallest aircraft carrier that was used during the Vietnam War," said Michael Trenk, of Baylander Steel Beach.It's now Baylander Steel Beach, an outdoor restaurant docked at 125th Street in the Hudson River."During rocky waters this has stabilized my livelihood with this outdoor venture," Trenk said.Trenk also owns a live music bar which he can't currently make any money on. So he moved his staff there. Pass the pre-boarding test and anchor for food, drinks and views."We have...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City officially entered its first heat wave the year Monday, with temperatures above 90 degrees for a third straight day. CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock spoke with people in Midtown as they tried to beat the heat. Lori O’Rourke and her daughter Emmie walked to Bryant Park to photograph their foster dog, Lasso, in hopes of finding her a forever home. “We’re dying,” Lori said. “It’s hot.” LINK: Check Out Our Summer Safety Guide “If I didn’t have this photo shoot, I would probably be at home right now. But I’m glad I’m out here,” her daughter, Emmie O’Rourke, added. Lasso was feeling the extreme heat too, and water was on order. And then? “Back in...
    The city’s coronavirus tracing program will start asking people if they’ve been at outdoor bars and restaurants to help understand the spike in cases among those between the ages of 20 and 29 — even though health officials never asked if people attended the George Floyd protests, The Post has learned. “Patients are asked who they spent close time with socially. To ensure we’re adapting our program to New Yorkers’ changing routes, patients will explicitly be asked if they spent time with their close contact at a bar or restaurant as the city continues to reopen,” said City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen said, while reaffirming they won’t be asked about demonstrations. “People are asked to name any gatherings they have...
    YUBA CITY (CBS13) – Yuba City and Grass Valley closed down streets to allow for outdoor dining amid the pandemic. Yuba City shut down parts of Plumas Street on Saturday to allow more restaurants and shops to move outdoors. No cars will be allowed on certain stretches of the road. The city of Grass Valley also closed Mill Street between Bank and West Main Streets was transformed into space for outdoor seating for restaurants and outdoor space for stores. Moves like this come after Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled back California’s reopening plans as more coronavirus spikes popped up in several counties around the state. Due to the rising numbers, Newsom ordered that bars all across the state must close. Previously,...
    BUENA PARK (KABC) -- Although the rides and attractions are still shut down at Knott's Berry Farm, Ghost Town is open for the next two weekends for food and shopping."It's very exciting to be back. While the theme park is still closed, we're hosting a brand new unique outdoor dining experience," said Diana Bahena, senior Knott's representative who walked us through the only part of the park that's open, where they plan to maintain 10-15% capacity."They get to take a nostalgic stroll down the Calico area and enjoy the limited capacity that we can offer right now," said Bahena.Everything is spread out with markers strategically placed to ensure social distancing, along with plenty of hand sanitizer stations and a mask...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the past few weeks, Baltimore City has shut down several roads in Fells Point so restaurants can have more outdoor dining space amid the coronavirus pandemic. But some business owners say it’s keeping people away. They say their businesses are already struggling financially, and the closures are making things worse. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While indoor dining in New York City remains on hold, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Open Restaurants program will expand to 40 more streets, but some restaurant owners say the city isn’t doing enough to help them stay afloat. Outdoor dining is what restaurants are relying on to stay in business, so many were happy to hear the outdoor dining plan has been extended through October, but restaurant owners say the guidelines aren’t clear. Raffaello VanCouten says he followed the city’s guidelines closely when creating his outdoor dining set-up at Dolly’s Swing and Drive, but he says, “They’ve threatened us now three times in shutting us down.” VanCouten showed CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis a “24-Hour Notice...
    BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- Several cities across Southern California are shutting down otherwise heavily-trafficked streets in order to accommodate al fresco dining amid the coronavirus pandemic.In Burbank on Thursday evening, crews were putting barricades in place along sections of San Fernando Boulevard and traffic was being rerouted as the city prepared to allow restaurants in the downtown area to add outdoor seating."It's good for businesses and it's good for us because we still get to support out local businesses, so I'm excited," said one resident.In Seal Beach, diners can enjoy a table for four overlooking the ocean as establishments in that city offer scenic views for open-air dining."It's our second time doing it and we've enjoyed it," said customer Sharon...
    LINCOLN PARK — Middle Eastern restaurant Galit has temporarily closed after a team member tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant announced the closure in an Instagram post Wednesday, stating “we will remain closed until we can provide a healthy work environment for our team and then our guests.” The restaurant at 2429 N. Lincoln Ave. is being sanitized while the rest of its team is quarantined and tested for the virus, according to the restaurant. “This team member has not come in contact with any guests and is fortunately feeling well,” restaurant leaders said. It will return with takeout and delivery service, and weekend outdoor dining, soon, the restaurant said. View this post on Instagram Hello all, It has...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio described what Phase 4 will look like next week in New York City. Governor Cuomo has yet to confirm that the city will be allowed to move into the next phase.Mayor de Blasio said Phase 4 includes the restart of TV and film production and professional sports with no fans, and higher education. Indoor activities like malls and museums were left out. Indoor dining will also not be included."Not yet," de Blasio said."We are still seeing issues, not just in the bars and restaurants, but all across the country. Inside, interior spaces, air conditioned spaces, where the virus is tending to spread. So we will take that precaution in New...
    LINCOLN PARK — Restaurants in Lincoln Park and Lakeview are gearing up for another weekend of outdoor dining programs, which block traffic so restaurants can expand dining into the streets. Robin Hammond, vice president of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, said the first weekend of its Feast on Lincoln program helped businesses dealing with the financial losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The outdoor dining program allowed 11 restaurants to serve diners on Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Fullerton avenues: Broken English Taco Pub, 2576 N. Lincoln Ave. DogHaus Biergarten, 2464 N. Lincoln Ave. Galit, 2429 N. Lincoln Ave. Hops & Curds, 2470 N. Lincoln Ave. Lincoln Station, 2432 N. Lincoln Ave. Millie’s Supper Club, 2438...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Friday, we expect to hear what Phase 4 will look like next week in New York City, should the city be allowed to move into the next phase.It will likely include the restart of TV and film production and professional sports with no fans, and higher education. Indoor activities like malls and museums are expected to be left out."We are still seeing issues, not just in the bars and restaurants, but all across the country. Inside, interior spaces, air conditioned spaces, where the virus is tending to spread. So we will take that precaution in New York City," Cuomo said.Meantime, the governor promised more crackdowns on bars and restaurants.Cuomo announced a new "three strikes" policy...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in West Virginia's capital city are closing streets this weekend to allow for restaurants to set up outdoor seating during the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said Capitol and Hale streets will be closed between Kanawha Boulevard and Lee Street from Friday at 7 a.m. to Monday at 7 a.m. The city debuted the outdoor dining plan last weekend and Goodwin said some restaurants reported a boost in sales. Restaurants will provide their own tables, chairs and other seating accommodations and will sanitize items under local health guidelines, according to a news release. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: West Virginia
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- As Gov. Andrew Cuomo mulls a final decision on whether New York City will enter phase 4 of reopening Monday, the governor promised more crackdowns on bars and restaurants.Cuomo announced Thursday a new "three strikes" policy that will require bars and restaurants to close after they receive three citations for failing to follow rules, including mask-wearing and keeping people 6 feet apart.Cuomo said the state's fielding thousands of complaints on top of "significant evidence of failure to comply" among restaurants and businesses, particularly downstate. He said "egregious violations" can still result in the immediate loss of a liquor license, and warned that the state would post names of restaurants and bars in violation."The state itself...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four restaurants along North Charles Street will have added outdoor dining starting Thursday as the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore installed a parklet, which brings a dining area to a curbside parking spot. The partnership worked with Design Collective and OE Customs to created a modular, moveable parklet that will keep diners safe from nearby traffic. Credit: Downtown Partnership The parklet also has umbrellas for shade, string lighting, tables, benches and chairs. Many restaurants who don’t have options of outdoor dining have been looking for ways to still serve customers, while staying safe. In Maryland, indoor dining is allowed at 50% capacity. However, a recent increase in coronavirus cases have been linked to bars and restaurants. Maryland Gov....
    BURBANK (CBSLA) – The city of Burbank Wednesday announced it was closing off a downtown stretch of one of its busiest streets in order to give restaurants more space to expand their outdoor dining amid the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, portions of San Fernando Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue. San Fernando Boulevard will closed from: Angeleno to Olive avenues. Olive to Orange Grove avenues. Orange Grove Avenue to Magnolia Boulevard. The closure was issued under an emergency order from the city manager, but must be confirmed by the city council. It will run through at least Sept. 7. “We have received many requests from the residents and businesses...
    LIVERMORE (KPIX) – Restaurants in Alameda County got some much-needed news Wednesday night that outdoor dining can stay open, for now. Azul restaurant in Livermore just opened 4 weeks ago, in the middle of the pandemic. The owner says having an outdoor dining set up in front of his restaurant has boosted his business 50 to 60 percent, but it was in danger of being shut down. “On Friday at 9 o’clock we were told that it was over, it was like a punch in the gut. Tears literally started coming down and I was like why,” says Azul owner MJ Moreno. Luckily, the City of Livermore notified restaurant owners it would not enforce the county’s guidance over the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The R Street Corridor is redefining the outdoor dining experience, trading cars for cuisine. One block of R Street has been blocked off to traffic to allow restaurants more room to breathe. “Everybody is keeping their distance and it’s perfect,” said dinner Mark Christiansen Those who are looking to eat out said they are happy with the changes. “Before you had to squeeze by the tables even though they were all still outside. The extra space helps and it feel will bring a bigger crowd because people feel more comfortable,” said Brittany Tapparo. Cafe Bernardo immediately started to see the impacts just hours after the changes. “We are already busier than we have been in the past....
    OAKLAND — The Oakland Zoo, facing financial turmoil and losing $2 million a month since shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, can resume outdoor activities after receiving permission from the state, Alameda County health officials said. The state gave permission Wednesday that will enable the zoo to reopen and also allow outdoor dining within the county, as long as face masks are worn at all times. The news couldn’t come fast enough for the zoo. Oakland Zoo president Joel Parrott and executive vice president Nik Dehejia petitioned the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on July 2 to allow the zoo to re-open as an “outdoor museum,” and said the zoo might not survive if it was not allowed to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City With New York City reopening for outdoor dining, many residents are flocking to the reopened establishments for an afternoon or night of socially distant fun. Among these businesses that have reopened just in time for summer are many of the city’s beer gardens. Here are just a few beer gardens that have reopened for outdoor dining. Clinton Hall – 90 Washington Street, Manhattan Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 4-11 p.m. Fri., 1-11 p.m. Sat., 1-10 p.m. Sun. Clinton Hall’s FiDi location has set up the outdoor space that you know and love specifically with social distancing in mind. Swing by for brunch,...
    Although Mayor Michael Hancock just announced that "for the time being, we are hitting the pause button on our public health order variance requests to the state," that pause does not affect applications for the outdoor expansion of restaurants and bars in Denver. The pause was prompted by a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Colorado. "This recent spike is extremely concerning, but we are in a place where if we stay focused, we can reverse this trend," Hancock said. We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County officials annouced Wednesday their request for COVID-19 variance by state health officials has been approved, allowing them to immediately allow al fresco dining at restaurants across the county. The order will also allow the Oakland Zoo to reopen with appropriate safety measures in place. However, the news was not all positive in regards to COVID-19 restrictions. Alameda health officials said Wednesday was the county’s third day on the state’s COVID-19 watch list meaning that places of worship can hold outdoor services only and indoor malls will be required to close. more details to follow
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Southbay Businesses On Emotional Roller Coaster After Being Forced To Close A Day After Reopening SANTA CLARA — The surge in COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County prompted a quick end to what had been a happy re-opening for many businesses including salons, spas and gyms. Now, after another shutdown order just hours after the re-opening, workers feel confused and disappointed. “It’s a wave of emotions. I’m definitely upset. We just...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Even as Alameda County's COVID-19 numbers continue to go up, today the Board of Supervisors voted to file a variance attestation with the state, allowing public health officials to keep outdoor businesses open."We were very grateful for the approval process, it's something that we had hoped would come earlier but we are so grateful the supervisors passed it," said Kathy Weber with the Alameda Business Association.RELATED: Everything to know about California's confusing coronavirus reopening planGovernor Gavin Newsom's orders on Friday put many restaurants in the county in limbo, as he rolled back re-opening guidelines. As one of only two counties in the state without a variance, Alameda's public health officials had no power to advance...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Alameda County Board of Supervisors gave their unanimous approval Tuesday to a plan to ask for a variance from state-imposed COVID-19 restrictions that would allow local restaurants to once again offer outdoor dining. It was not known when the official paperwork would be filed by county health officials and if the state would approve the variance. Currently, Alameda County is on the state watchlist. But Tuesday’s vote gave residents at least a hope of someday soon returning to al fresco dining. For several weeks, local residents have been able to enjoy a meal with social distancing and outside seating at local restaurants as Alameda County health officials began rolling back COVID-19 restrictions. Then on Friday...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City’s nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak. The casino will host an invitation-only “soft opening” starting July 23, Borgata officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday and will open its doors to everyone three days later. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! The top-performing casino in Atlantic City, the Borgata was the only one that did not to immediately reopen on July 2, the first day New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed casinos to do so. Three days earlier, the governor changed his mind and canceled permission for restaurants in the state to offer indoor dining, saying...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City’s nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak. The casino will host an invitation-only “soft opening” starting July 23, Borgata officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday, and will open its doors to everyone three days later. The top-performing casino in Atlantic City, the Borgata was the only one that did not to immediately reopen on July 2, the first day New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed casinos to do so. Three days earlier, the governor changed his mind and canceled permission for restaurants in the state to offer indoor dining, saying that the virus risk is still too great....
    By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City's nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak. The casino will host an invitation-only “soft opening” starting July 23, Borgata officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday, and will open its doors to everyone three days later. The top-performing casino in Atlantic City, the Borgata was the only one that did not to immediately reopen on July 2, the first day New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed casinos to do so. Three days earlier, the governor changed his mind and canceled permission for restaurants in the state to offer indoor dining, saying that the virus...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City’s nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak. The casino will host an invitation-only “soft opening” starting July 23, Borgata officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday, and will open its doors to everyone three days later. The top-performing casino in Atlantic City, the Borgata was the only one that did not to immediately reopen on July 2, the first day New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed casinos to do so. Three days earlier, the governor changed his mind and canceled permission for restaurants in the state to offer indoor dining, saying that the virus risk is still too great....
    SONOMA (KPIX) — On Monday evening, the dining room at El Dorado Kitchen on the Sonoma Square was empty after being full over the weekend. The governor’s new statewide restrictions once again prohibit indoor dining and bars, wineries and other indoor businesses from operating amid a spike in coronavirus cases. The rule wipes out half of this hotel restaurant’s business and means there are fewer shifts to go around among servers. “Now that we’re backtracking again, it’s kind of difficult, we’re stuck between the right amount of shifts for everybody to make a decent wage and/or balance that with the bonus $600 from unemployment,” said El Dorado Kitchen manager Matt Jetson. The governor’s restrictions have dealt another economic and emotional...
    YUBA CITY (CBS13) — Coronavirus shut down the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds on March 16 and they have not been open since. Despite the venue’s slow summer, they’re doing what they can to make sure local businesses in their area stay on their feet. “This pandemic has provided the opportunity for the fairgrounds to serve the community in another way,” CEO Dave Dillabo said. Dillabo decided to donate all of the grounds’ outdoor picnic tables free of charge to local businesses. “If you can step up and provide a service to the community, there’s not a better time than to do it now,” he said. After the second round of shutdowns, indoor dining is once again off the table in all counties...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The latest rollback of California’s COVID-19 reopenings due to the rising number of cases in the state on July 13 has led to many adjustments in the Bay Area. Effective Monday, all indoor activities are being shut down across the state in the following sectors: Restaurants Wineries and tasting rooms Movie Theaters Family and Entertainment Centers Zoos and museums Card rooms Bars (all operations) In addition, the state health department is requiring all counties on the state monitoring list to close: Fitness centers Worship services Offices for non-critical sectors Personal care services Hair salons and barbershops Shopping malls As of July 13, the following Bay Area counties are on the...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Kennywood is set to open to the general public for the first time this season on Monday after having been open to season ticket holders over the weekend. While hampered by the weather, restaurants in Allegheny County have now reopened and are providing outdoor dining. Whether it’s at restaurants or amusement parks, the crowds continue to be slow to come back. While the weather certainly put a damper on its reopening, Kennywood’s season ticket holders did come out, and restaurants with outdoor seating did find those tables being used. With new Coronavirus case numbers still coming in high, not everyone is rushing to get back out. “I’m not quite comfortable yet. I wish that they can slow down...
    Daniel Boulud reopened his five-star eatery on the Upper East Side last week — and nobody could complain that the atmosphere was stuffy. The legendary chef was busy tending to 10 tables, generously spaced apart on the sidewalk in front of his Michelin-starred restaurant Daniel at 60 E. 65th St. in recognition of health and safety imperatives during the coronavirus pandemic. No, French-born Boulud wasn’t delivering dishes on disposable plates with plastic ware, but the clinking of wine glasses were at times no match for the sound of taxis moving along Park Avenue a few steps away. “It’s become a little bit of a journey,” Boulud told Side Dish. “It’s not fine dining at the highest level, but it...
    WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A driver in New Jersey lost control and swerved right into a restaurant’s outdoor dining area Friday. Surveillance video shows the moment a woman veered into the parking lot of Nellie’s Place on Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick. The car can be seen dragging picnic tables and tent frames. Fortunately, the restaurant was closed because of the rain, so no one was outside at the time. Police say the 57-year-old woman fainted at the wheel and eventually stopped after crashing a short distance away. Some workers were inside the restaurant at the time. “It was a little catastrophe. It was a little disturbing and upsetting,” owner Karen Schultz said. “Obviously, the first thing was to make sure...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- In the East Bay, it's a big step back for reopening plans in Alameda County. Guidance from the state is forcing the county to shut down outdoor dining immediately -- but not everyone is willing to comply.Octavio Guzman owns La Penca Azul in Alameda. He says keeping his restaurant afloat hasn't been easy, especially in Alameda County where outdoor dining is now off the table, suspended less than a month after it was allowed to reopen."It's very confusing, things change overnight," said Guzman.Outdoor dining was permitted under Alameda County health guidelines, but the county announced the state's tightening of restrictions Friday night. Restaurants, wineries and bars can only offer drive-thru, pick up or delivery under...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Novel coronavirus cases have spiked in Contra Costa County.The latest data shows over 8% of people tested in the last 7 days came back positive with the virus. MEDIA RELEASE: More than 8% of Contra Costa COVID-19 Tests Now Positive https://t.co/gfUpSYeZAD— Contra Costa Health Services (@CoCoHealth) July 11, 2020In hopes to slow the spread, the county has implemented several new changes.CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: Some restaurant owners outraged after Alameda County suspends outdoor diningNumber one, effective Sunday at 11:59 p.m. all indoor religious gatherings will be banned."We're probably less than 10% capacity and huge space everyone was spread out and no singing. Everything right along with the guidelines so it's just disappointing that services won't be...