City of Rochester, Roc Holiday Village team up to provide greenhouses to help restaurants

Updated: January 06, 2021 06:05 PM
Created: January 06, 2021 11:16 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— The city of Rochester announced Wednesday a new initiative to provide a warmer boost to restaurants that have indoor dining frozen due to coronavirus restrictions.

In a joint effort between the city, and the Roc Holiday Village, the initiative will provide up to 25 restaurants a free winter greenhouse to offer temporary outdoor dining options during the pandemic.

The city says the greenhouses will provide restaurants an opportunity to extend their business space outside and remain compliant with coronavirus guidelines, including those in Orange Zones. The city will also be waiving outdoor dining permit fees during the pandemic and says it has developed a streamlined permitting process to facilitate a "fast and safe opening."

Reps from the RHV will facilitate the application process, lottery, installation, and provide event- planning guidance to help restaurants maximize the benefit of the structures. 

The greenhouses can be placed on private property, a sidewalk or a portion of the street for up to four months. Restaurants would have up to three weeks to begin operating a greenhouse, which could push the opening to a time when the city is not in an Orange Zone.

The lottery will only be held in spots where the are a number of eligible restaurants. 

The deadline to apply is Monday, Jan.11 at 5:00 p.m. You can apply here.

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