With winter approaching, businesses make outdoor dining solutions

Samantha LaRocca
Updated: November 10, 2020 05:50 PM
Created: November 10, 2020 05:43 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester area has been lucky with this weather over the past couple of days. And you may not even think twice about eating outside with temperatures in the 70s but what about the winter months?

What will restaurants do with their customers and wear will they seat?

"So we worked really closely with the city to get this all set up and it has been really amazing for us as a business to be able to fast track this and expand the street. So it's now a one way into the market and we have more space to provide safe outdoor dining for everybody and it has really been a neighborhood effort with Black Button and Bitter Honey and Boxcar and us at Rohrbach Brewing," Brittany Statt said.

"In order for us to really survive as a business, it is essential that we extend our opportunity to serve our patrons outside," Carrie Riby said.  

Now the city is looking to expand its outdoor dining incentives through the winter months.

"This really gives us the ability to increase the capacity to keep our business going, keep our business top of mind with our patrons and offer an experience where it is safe," Riby said.

"Really the most important thing is broadening that footprint outdoors to the extent that we can legally do so and partnering with them to try to help them navigate that despite the winter season," Gary Kirkmire said.

These businesses will keep customers warm with fire pits, blankets and hot drinks to add to the atmosphere and the talks of igloos are in the works.

"What we are in the process of doing in addition to that is working with some community partners to develop a program that hopefully will avail some greenhouses or some type of structures that can meet these intended purposes for up to 25 businesses," Kirkmire said.

"We are really excited to take advantage of that and do some creative winter experiences out here," Statt said.

"We want to keep people safe we don't want to put anyone in a place where they are feeling uncomfortable and by having a space like this... it really gives us that opportunity," Riby said.

This opportunity is going to help so many local businesses. Click here for more information about the program.

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