Our thanks to the Newton City Council for approving a measure last night to make outdoor dining in public spaces permanent. Also thanks to the Fuller administration for spearheading the long process.
Still, without this approval, Newton's outdoor dining season would not have been able to resume on April 1 when state provisions expire.
For our restaurants having this in place allows operators to plan and invest in platforms and furnishings, knowing they can amortize the cost over than one year. It also means staffing and spring menu planning can begin in earnest.
Next, we should allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining year-round (rather than the current April to November) something that’s easy to imagine with all the record-warm days we’ve seen in both January and February.